The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin

the immortalists

“If you knew the day you were going to die, how would you choose to live?”

This is the question that piques my interest in this new novel which seems to be everywhere I look.

It is an enjoyable easy read but a little bit underwhelming if I’m honest. I think I was expecting and wanting more from this.

The Immortalists is a story about family, life and death. The choices we make, the hand of fate and a little bit of magic.


It’s 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York’s Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they’re about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.

Over the years that follow, the siblings must choose how to live with the prophecies the fortune teller gave them that day. Will they accept, ignore, cheat or defy them? Golden-boy Simon escapes to San Francisco, searching for love; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician; eldest son Daniel tries to control fate as an army doctor before 9/11; and bookish Varya looks to science for the answers she craves.

“She knows that stories have the power to change things: the past and the future, even the present.” 

My Book 16 of 2019

Read now: The Immortalists: If you knew the date of your death, how would you live?

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Published: 2018

Genre: Literary / historical fiction

Pages: 346

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