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May 2018: Family Drama > The Immortalists; 4.5 Stars

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Hahtoolah | 440 comments Would you want to know the date of your death, and if you did know when you would die, would that impact your life? That’s the premise of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.

In 1969, the four Gold children, Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya, aged 7, 9, 11, and 13, respectively, visit a mysterious woman said to tell fortunes. As the children individually enter the woman’s apartment, she tells them the exact date of their death. Some of the children share that date, the others keep it a secret. But the children are just that ~ should they take the woman seriously?

The novel follows each of the four children as adults. Simon, the youngest, leaves home at age 16 to seek a new start in San Francisco. Klara focuses on magic and perfects a death-defying trick of hanging by her teeth from a rope. Daniel becomes a military doctor, and Varya becomes a researcher in aging. Each child remains haunted by their early prophesy into their death. This supposed knowledge also affects their relationships with family members and others they encounter.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author really made the character’s come alive.


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Meli (melihooker) | 3684 comments This is on my TBR pile and I look forward to reading it.

Very interesting concept indeed!

Had you consider, based on the topic of the book, if you would want to know when you will die, and if you did how you would change how you live?


Hahtoolah | 440 comments Meli wrote: "This is on my TBR pile and I look forward to reading it.

Very interesting concept indeed!

Had you consider, based on the topic of the book, if you would want to know when you will die, and if y..."
No! I would not want to know the date of my death!!!


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Meli (melihooker) | 3684 comments I don't think I would either, but this book could make me change my mind.


Nicole R (drnicoler) | 7784 comments I am looking forward to this book as well! It was in the running for my book club's next selection, but another option won out. I hope to still get to this one sometime this summer.


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