Friday, December 15, 2017

The Immortalists

I was fortunate to receive from the publisher a pre-pub galley of The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin, which doesn't come out until January 2018. It's a remarkable book about life, love, family, religion, science--all the big things. And flawlessly executed. Here's the premise: Four siblings, Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon, visit a fortune teller who tells each child, separately, the exact date of his or her death. The four sections of the book give us each of the sibling's stories and explore how the woman's predictions deeply affect the way they live their lives. How would you behave if you thought you knew the date of your death? Live recklessly, fearlessly, timidly? Would your life become a giant self-fulfilling prophecy, or would you try your darnedest to prove it wrong? Benjamin explores all the possible ways these thoughts could play out in the Gold children's lives, spanning from that critical day in 1969. This is a book worth waiting for!

--Kelly Currie

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