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Author: Chloe Benjamin
Publisher: G.P. Putnam
Release Date: January 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 their date of death. In search of one thing they can know for sure, the Gold siblings — four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness — sneak out to hear their fortunes.
Their prophecies inform the next five decades. Golden boy Simon runs away to San Francisco, where he lives a life of decadence and unmitigated sexuality; chameleonic Klara becomes a magician obsessed with blurring fantasy and reality; Daniel, a natural leader, rises in ranks as a prestigious military doctor; and shy, bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immorality.
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.
Why I’m Excited: The synopsis reminds me of the witch in Big Fish (one of my favorite movies). I love books that follow several members of the same family–and the knowing their death date adds a new (ok, not brand new) twist. I’m loving that cover, too. A lot. I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open for this one.