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Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Title: The Immortalists
Author: Chloe Benjamin
Edition: E-book
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 352
Publication Date: January 09, 2018
Rating: 4.0


If someone offered you the chance to know the date of your death, would you take it?  How would knowing this most important date change the way in which you would live your life?  Would you make the most out of everyday or would you spend your life running from it?

In the Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin the Gold siblings (Simon, Klara, Daniel, and Varya) are faced with this very question.  The story begins in New York in 1969 when Daniel overhears a story about a fortune teller, or seer, passing through town.  He rushes back to his siblings and tells them all about what he heard, how she can predict the date of their death, and how he wants them all to go to see her.

The story that follows spans from 1978-2010 and is broken into four sections with each section following a different Gold sibling.  We see how this single event from their past has gone to shape each of their lives both individually and as a collective as they have grown up.

The Immortalists is about family, the bonds between siblings, love, and regret.  The characters are well developed and come alive on the page leaving you wanting more.  Benjamin takes you back to the historic settings with her rich descriptions, especially the Castro of the 1980’s. 

I would like to offer a trigger warning as there a few passages of fairly explicit homosexual sex. That being said, I would highly recommend this book and am looking forward to more by Benjamin.

Thank you to NetGalley for the e-ARC. 

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