The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists

By Chloe Benjamin

  • Release Date: 2018-01-09
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 284 Ratings


A Washington Post Notable Book 
An NPR Book of the Year
A LibraryReads Top 10 Book of the Year


“A captivating family saga.”—The New York Times Book Review

“You won’t be able to put it down.”The Skimm (Skimm Reads Pick)

“This literary family saga is perfect for fans of Celeste Ng and Donna Tartt.”—People Magazine (Book of the Week)

“A sprawling, enchanting family saga.”—Entertainment Weekly (The Must List)

A dazzling family love story reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You from a novelist heralded by Lorrie Moore as a “great new talent.”

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 seeks 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.

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.


  • Loved this

    By JillianRose
    Great book, something different than I usually read. Very interesting
  • Predictable

    By annieduesie
    Simon and Clara are the only two stories worth reading. It’s a dismal, predictable, unlikely in many parts and definitely not a page turner
  • Wonderful book

    By lindsey void
    I savored this lush book. Each character felt like a mini life lesson on how your thinking changes your fate yet the author wants to save room for magic. I really really didn’t want the book to end. A heartfelt thank you.
  • The Strangest Book I’ve Read All Year

    By yldsmile
    If the reader’s desire is to read something unlike anything else, with rich characters in bazaar life-scenarios, this is a very well written and intriguing read. The characters are complex, and all seem to have been tragically scarred by the words of a gypsy fortune teller they visit as young siblings. The dysfunction each character exhibits is much greater than the fateful prophecy portents, and I wanted something else to justify the downward spiral of each sibling. I did consider not finishing it at times, but stuck with it to see how characters would resolve their trauma. Very unusual settings, scenarios and outcome. If you want something cheerful and uplifting this is not that. But again, well written and developed. Just very very strange.
  • Page turner

    By Duck_duck123
    Eye opening, thought provoking and extremely well written. Was extremely sad to see it come to an end.
  • Family Relationships

    By GranDeeBee
    The depth to which this author explores family relationships is moving, to say the least. It motivated me to call a petulant brother, who was refusing to return my belated call to him...long story! Benjamin's extent of research to make this fiction authentic is admirable.
  • The Immortalists

    By Readingbythesea
    Good read, if you believe there are people who can tell fortunes, start reading, suspenseful and heart warming.
  • The Immortalists

    By Book jacket
    There is a lot of good solid advice in this book peppered between the facts and the fiction of this novel. It makes you think long after reading it "What would my life be like in similar circumstances ?" I've never read a book like this story to compare it to, and I read a lot of books. I really enjoyed this one . It was suspenseful and kept me guessing. A real page turner.
  • Great novel

    By Totohris
    For all those million people who seek their fate in fortune telling
  • Mesmerizing

    By Shanderson22
    Deeply relatable characters set in a meaningful time and space — all at once entertaining, thought provoking and heartbreaking. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Highly recommended!