Book Review: The Immortalists

Book Review: The ImmortalistsThe Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin
on January 9th 2018
Pages: 352
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Genres: Literary Fiction

If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?

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.

Their 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.

My Takeaway

Every once in a while a book comes along that touches my soul. The Immortalists is one of those books. The novel is beautifully written and a phenomenal literary work. As a reader, I was transported and made a part of the journey with the Gold siblings: Simon, Klara, Daniel, and Varya — and what a wondrous adventure! I mean think about it, would you live your life differently if you knew the exact date of your death? Pretty deep stuff, right? If you read this book you will find out how this vital piece of information affects each of the siblings and the choices they make throughout their lives. The book is cleverly broken up into four sections, so I really got to know and understand each of the sibling’s unique personalities and perspectives. With all the positives I write about the book, I also understand this book is not for everyone. Some of the language and scenes might make a few readers uncomfortable – thankfully, not moi. Benjamin is a hell of a writer and I definitely agree with all the hype surrounding this majestic book. If you are looking for something unique and imaginative I hope you consider this extraordinary novel. Simon, Klara, Daniel, and Varya will remain with me for a long time.

Sincere thanks to Edelweiss, NetGalley, and G.P. Putnam’s Sons for providing an arc of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book was officially released yesterday, 1/9/18, and I wasted no time in buying myself a copy. 🙂

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