Reading guide for The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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The Immortalists

A Novel

by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin X
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2018, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 5, 2019, 320 pages

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  1. The Immortalists explores the degree to which we shape our own destinies—do you believe that the siblings' fate was preordained? Why or why not?
  2. The novel takes place in very different settings—1960s New York City, the San Francisco dance scene, glitzy Las Vegas hotels. In what ways do these locations affect the characters? Why do you think all four of the siblings moved away from New York City?
  3. The Immortalists is narrated by the four siblings in separate sections. What was your reading experience when you switched sections? Did you identify more closely with certain siblings?
  4. The power of belief—whether it be magic, religious faith, or storytelling—is an important theme in the novel. How does belief affect each of the siblings? What is different or similar about the stories they tell themselves?
  5. At its heart, The Immortalists is a family love story, exploring both past and future generations of the Gold family. In what ways does family history shape us? What kind of legacies do the four siblings leave behind?
  6. How do magic and reality blur in the novel? Were there any particular moments that seemed to defy logic? Why are certain characters drawn to magic and the unknowable more than others?
  7. Discuss the siblings' significant others: Raj, Mira, and Robert. How are their lives affected by the prophecy? How do romantic and familial relationships interact and contrast in The Immortalists?
  8. At the end of the novel, Gertie tells Varya about the beauty and freedom in uncertainty, questioning why her children believed the fortune teller. Did you believe the fortune teller? What gives the fortune teller her power? What freedoms does uncertainty bring?
  9. What do you imagine happens to Varya after the book 's ending? How have her views on longevity and death changed?
  10. Would you want to find out the date of your death? How would you live your life differently if you had this information?

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