The Immortalists (Paperback)
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The Immortalists (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 12/07/2018
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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
ISBN: 9781472245007
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 302 g
Dimensions: 198 x 156 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'…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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“The choices we make...”

3.5*
I had heard a lot about this book and after reading can best describe it as unusual to say the least.
The question is would you want to know the day that you would die? As we follow the four main characters we... More

Hardback edition
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“Can you avoid your fate and destiny? ”

If you could know exactly when you are going to die, would you try to change your fate or accept it? This was the question four Gold siblings had all their lives.

It is told through the eyes of each sibling, how they... More

Hardback edition
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Penelope Bullock at Lancaster

“Moving, poetic and truly fabulous. ”

I had the very great pleasure of finishing ‘The Immortalists’ by Chloe Benjamin last night, it’s been getting some excellent press and reviews round and about and these are very much well deserved. The premise of the... More

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