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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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2018’s first big read.
— Entertainment Weekly
Thrilling.
— Marie Claire
This book is one for those who need a prod from destiny, but also those who don’t believe in such lofty promises.
— ELLE
Beautifully written and intricately detailed, [THE IMMORTALISTS] is impossible to put down and sure to be one of those books you’ve got to re-read again and again.
— POPSUGAR
Compelling.
— InStyle
Is there such a thing as knowing too much?... Benjamin’s inventive second novel [opens] with a psychic telling the Gold children the precise dates of their deaths in 1969 New York. The tale continues into their disparate adulthoods—happily married or resignedly alone, tightly regimented or unabashedly free-spirited, selfish or self-proclaiming selflessness—as the choices they’ve made with the ticking clock of mortality in mind raise quandaries about predetermination and the nature of self-fulfilling prophesies.
— Harper's Bazaar
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
An imaginative and satisfying family saga... The author has written a cleverly structured novel steeped in Jewish lore and the history of four decades of American life. The four Gold siblings are wonderful creations, and in Benjamin’s expert hands their story becomes a moving meditation on fate, faith, and the family ties that alternately hurt and heal.
— Publisher's Weekly, starred review
Bewitching and provocative... Each character’s story is saturated with paradox in this delving family saga laced with history and science and a heart-pounding inquiry into self, inheritance, fate, and the mind-body connection. Aligned in her artistic command, imagination, and deep curiosity about the human condition with Nicole Krauss, Dara Horn, and Stacey D’Erasmo, Benjamin asks what we want out of life... Benjamin has created mesmerizing characters and richly suspenseful predicaments in this profound and glimmering novel of death’s ever-shocking inevitability and life’s wondrously persistent whirl of chance and destiny.
— Booklist, starred review
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— Claire C.
Intriguing... beautifully written.
— AARP The Magazine
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
A moving novel about the deep bonds of family.
— Southern Living
An Edna Ferber Prize winner for The Anatomy of Dreams, Benjamin opens her second novel with four children in 1969 New York daringly visiting a fortune-teller said to be able to predict the date of one’s death... How differently would their lives have turned out had they not made that visit?... The narratives she offers are intriguingly intertwined and beautifully rendered. Yet the [hint of magic] proves effective while feeling entirely natural, and readers can believe what they want of the fortune-teller’s power. Both thought-provoking and entertaining, this title is highly recommended for a wide range of readers.
— Library Journal, starred review
One of the buzziest books of 2018.
— BookPage
“One of the biggest novels of 2018.”
— Book Riot
The book world has been abuzz about Chloe Benjamin’s THE IMMORTALISTS for months, and with good reason... Benjamin probes fascinating questions about mortality, fate, and self-fulfilling prophecies.
— Bookish
A moving story of family and the unknown... You cannot help but get wrapped up in all of [the siblings’] stories. [Benjamin] is a young author to put on your radar.
— Elite Daily
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

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