The Immortalists (Paperback)Chloe Benjamin (author)
How do you live if you know when you die? As the Guardian writes, this moving, original novel of destined futures and second chances has ‘a magic rare enough to leave one astonished’.
'January 21st, 2044’. Her voice is matter-of-fact, as if she is stating the temperature, or the winner of the ballgame. ‘You got plenty of time'.
It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they're about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.
Over the years that follow, the siblings must choose how to live with the prophecies the fortune-teller gave them that day. Will they accept, ignore, cheat or defy them?
Golden-boy Simon escapes to San Francisco, searching for love; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician; eldest son Daniel tries to control fate as an army doctor after 9/11; and bookish Varya looks to science for the answers she craves.
A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists is a story about how we live, how we die, and what we do with the time we have. The work of a startlingly original voice, as the Daily Mail comments, ‘such is her dazzling sureness of touch that you wonder if here is a writer who is truly capable of anything'.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 302 g
Dimensions: 198 x 156 x 28 mm
'…a boundlessly moving inquisition into mortality, grief, and passion.' - The Observer
'...mesmerising, like a well-crafted illusion.' - The Financial Times
'Immersive and impressive.' - The Sunday Times
'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
'A captivating family saga.' - New York Times Book Review
'As deft and dizzying as a high-wire act... the reader is beguiled with unexpected twists and stylish, crisp prose...[an] ambitious, unorthodox tale.' - Economist
'Such is her dazzling sureness of touch that you wonder if here is a writer who is truly capable of anything' - The Daily Mail
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