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The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin
Fiction
From The Jacket:If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? 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. The 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 struggles to maintain security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. Both a dazzling family love story and 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.
A bittersweet story with great family dynamics and one with interesting issues and realistic family relationships. Four siblings, visit a fortuneteller who tells each the date they will die. This is a story of how this impacts their lives and deaths. The basic premise of knowing your date of death is interesting and really makes you think.
by-Linda 2019/05/06, 03:56 PM
 
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