The immortalists : a novel / Chloe Benjamin.

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      Summary: 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.
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      BENJAMIN, C. The immortalists : a novel. [s. l.]: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018. ISBN 9780735213180. Disponível em: Acesso em: 15 dez. 2019.
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      Benjamin C. The Immortalists : A Novel. G.P. Putnam’s Sons; 2018. Accessed December 15, 2019.
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      Benjamin, C. (2018). The immortalists : a novel. G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Retrieved from
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      Benjamin, Chloe. 2018. The Immortalists : A Novel. G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
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      Benjamin, C. (2018) The immortalists : a novel. G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Available at: (Accessed: 15 December 2019).
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      Benjamin, C 2018, The immortalists : a novel, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, viewed 15 December 2019, .
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      Benjamin, Chloe. The Immortalists : A Novel. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018. EBSCOhost,
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      Benjamin, Chloe. The Immortalists : A Novel. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018.
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      Benjamin C. The immortalists : a novel [Internet]. G.P. Putnam’s Sons; 2018 [cited 2019 Dec 15]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2017 December #2

*Starred Review* Restless during the seismic summer of 1969 on New York's Lower East Side, the four Gold siblings, descendants of Jews who fled violent persecution overseas, sneak off to see a fortune-teller, who tells them each, separately, the date of his or her death. So begins Benjamin's bewitching and provocative second novel (following The Anatomy of Dreams, 2014). Each character's story is saturated with paradox in this delving family saga laced with history and science and a heart-pounding inquiry into self, inheritance, fate, and the mind-body connection. At 16, Simon runs away to San Francisco, comes out as gay, and discovers his gift for dance just as AIDS begins its shattering assault. Magician Klara calls herself the Immortalist. Daniel is a military doctor; scientist Varya is conducting a longevity study with rhesus monkeys. All are afflicted by the poison of prophecy. Aligned in her artistic command, imagination, and deep curiosity about the human condition with Nicole Krauss, Dara Horn, and Stacey D'Erasmo, Benjamin asks what we want out of life. Duration? Success? Meaning? Who do we live for? Do our genes determine our path? How does trauma alter us? Benjamin has created mesmerizing characters and richly suspenseful predicaments in this profound and glimmering novel of death's ever-shocking inevitability and life's wondrously persistent whirl of chance and destiny. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 August #1

Benjamin follows up the Edna Ferber Prize-winning The Anatomy of Dreams with a BookExpo Buzz Book already bought by the Fox TV Group. It opens in 1969 New York with four children daringly visiting a fortune teller said to be able to predict the date of one's death. Elder siblings Daniel and Varya become an army doctor and a scientist, respectively, while younger, rebellious Klara works as a magician in Las Vegas, and the insouciant youngest, Simon, finds love and dance in San Francisco. Did the fortune teller's predictions determine their fates? With a national tour.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 October #4

In her second novel, Benjamin (The Anatomy of Dreams) constructs an imaginative and satisfying family saga. In 1969, the four rambunctious Gold children, Simon, Klara, Daniel, and Varya, visit a psychic on Manhattan's Lower East Side who predicts the date each of them will die. The novel then follows how the siblings deal with news of their expiration dates. In the late '70s, Klara and Simon, the youngest, run off to San Francisco, where the closeted Simon becomes a dancer and Klara a magician and stage illusionist who believes she can commune with the spirits of dead relatives. In 2006, Daniel, a married army doctor based in Kingston, N.Y., learns that the psychic who foretold their fates is a con artist wanted by the FBI, and attempts to track her down. In 2010, Varya, the eldest Gold, is a longevity researcher who feels closest to the rhesus monkeys she uses for her experiments. But one day, a journalist named Luke interviews her and, in the process, changes the course of her life. The author has written a cleverly structured novel steeped in Jewish lore and the history of four decades of American life. The four Gold siblings are wonderful creations, and in Benjamin's expert hands their story becomes a moving meditation on fate, faith, and the family ties that alternately hurt and heal. Agent: Margaret Riley King, WME Entertainment. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.