• Publication date: 9 Jan 2018
• Publisher: Tinder Press
• Language: English
With heartfelt thanks to the publisher Tinder Press for my ARC copy.
Praise for The Immortalists
A boundlessly moving inquisition into mortality, grief and passion…The Immortalists is not just a novel about grief; it conjures characters with such dimension that you mourn them too, a magic rare enough to leave one astonished (Observer)
Immersive and impressive (The Sunday Times)
A captivating family saga (New York Times Book Review)
Four young siblings from a Jewish family in New York visit a fortune teller who gives each one of them the date of their death.
This is the story of how each of them chose to live their lives.
The book raises an interesting conundrum. How would any of us react to a date of death forecast, should we choose to believe it. Did it alter the siblings perceptions of life and influence their plans? Did they embark on courses of action that would lead them to fulfil the prophecy, or didn’t it affect them at all?
Incidentally, back in the 1970’s, I visited a fortune teller on Blackpool sea front who, amongst other things, informed me that I’d die when I was 78, which made me feel invincible for a very short time. There were photos of the fortune teller posing with various visiting celebrities to Blackpool on the walls. Yes, the other prophecies came true and I’m still here, so…
The life stories, short or lengthy, of the protagonists in the book are interesting and revealing. There is love and hope, lives lived to the full and also fear, inhibition, loss and tragedy. There are ‘what ifs’ and ‘if only’s’. Questions that could be asked of anyone’s life really, but very illuminating in this story.
I loved reading this book. An absorbing, enjoyable, thought provoking read and very well written.
About The author
Chloe Benjamin is the author of the novels THE IMMORTALISTS–a #1 Indie Next Pick, #1 LibraryReads Pick and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection–and THE ANATOMY OF DREAMS, which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was longlisted for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A San Francisco native, Benjamin is a graduate of Vassar College and of the University of Wisconsin, where she received her MFA in fiction. She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.