The Immortalists

The Immortalists

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735213180
Branch Call Number: Fiction Ben
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 09, 2018

The artwork on the cover is beautiful and evokes many of the same feelings as the prose inside the book.

This story fascinated me. Do you live your life differently if you know the day of your death? Or, as the fortune teller claims are you the same person all of your life and knowing what type of person you are helps her to tell you the day of your death?

After Varya, Daniel, Klara and Simon visit the fortuneteller the book focuses on each of them as they live their lives in the light of that knowledge. The prose is beautiful, but I was reminded of the wise man in Ecclesiastes. It seemed that they were striving after the wind (Ecc 1:14). As we read their stories, we realize that though they believe they have some sense of control over their lifespan, they do not live well in the knowledge. There is much to ponder here and this book would be an excellent choice for a book group.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (ESV)

Dec 19, 2017

Each of the four Gold children has been given their day of death by a neighborhood mystic. Simon, the youngest, decides to live while he can; Klara searches for something more in the life of a magician and mentalist; Daniel chooses a seemingly safe and normal life as a military doctor; and Varya, the oldest, dedicates herself to the pursuit of extending the human life.

More than once I felt kind of broke open by this book. My connection to each of the Gold siblings was instant and deep, and I missed each of them when I had to put the book down. This is a profound story about family, human connection, grief and the question of whether we create or simply fulfill our fate.

OPLJessG Nov 15, 2017

How would you live your life if you knew when you were going to die? This thought-experiment is turned prophesy for the four Gold siblings, and the reader is whisked through time through pivotal moments in each of their lives. An excellent option for book clubs and discussions about family, faith, fate, and freedom of choice.


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