THE IMMORTALISTS

If you knew the date of your death,
how would you live your life?

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Coming 1.9.2018

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.



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Chloe Benjamin’s THE IMMORTALISTS is the very best kind of literary thriller, its suspense deriving from characters we care about deeply and surprises that feel embedded in our shared humanity. As profound a meditation on destiny as readers are likely to encounter.
— Richard Russo, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of EMPIRE FALLS
For someone who loves stories about brothers and sisters, as I do, THE IMMORTALISTS is about as good as it gets. A memorable and heartfelt look at what might happen to a family who knows too much. It’s amazing how good this book is.
— Karen Joy Fowler, author of WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES
This story of four children who learn the dates of their own deaths turns out to be a beautiful, compassionate, and even joyful novel. Chloe Benjamin has written an inspiring book that makes you think hard about what you want to do with the time you’re given. This is not really a book about dying—it’s a book about how to live.
— Nathan Hill, author of THE NIX
The premise of THE IMMORTALISTS is irresistible—four young siblings visit a woman who reveals the date on which each will die—but it’s what comes next that makes this book a literary tour de force. As the Gold children become adults with distinct and distinctive lives, Chloe Benjamin examines issues of mortality and immortality, destiny and self-determination, magic and science, the past and the future, and the trials and joys of our fleeting but precious existences. A beautifully written page-turner, unpredictable and unforgettable, THE IMMORTALISTS is ultimately a thoughtful and tender look at how we live our lives in our fraught and perilous times.
— Judith Claire Mitchell, author of A REUNION OF GHOSTS