Chloe Benjamin discusses her new novel, The Immortalists.
Praise for The Immortalists
“Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is the very best kind of literary thriller, its suspense deriving from characters we care about deeply and surprises that feel embedded in our shared humanity. As profound a meditation on destiny as readers are likely to encounter.”—Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times-bestselling author
“A beautiful, compassionate, and even joyful novel. Chloe Benjamin has written an inspiring book that makes you think hard about what you want to do with the time you’re given. This is not really a book about dying—it's a book about how to live.”—Nathan Hill, New York Times-bestselling author of The Nix
"For someone who loves stories about brothers and sisters, as I do, The Immortalists is about as good as it gets. A memorable and heartfelt look at what might happen to a family who knows too much. It's amazing how good this book is.?"—Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
About The Immortalists
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 traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. In search of one thing they can know for sure, the Gold children–four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness–sneak out to hear their fortunes. Though the siblings keep the dates secret from one another, their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in 1980s 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. In the vein of Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You and Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, THE IMMORTALISTS tells a profoundly moving andcompulsively readable family love story about life, mortality and the choices we make: is it better to live a long and cautious life, or to burn brightly, but for the shortest time? Beautifully rendered in Benjamin’s lucid, magical prose, THE IMMORTALISTS is a testament to the power of story, offering a sweeping portrait of a rapidly evolving America as well as one captivating clan.