The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin

Genre: Literature & Fiction
Length: 352 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2018

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Publisher’s Description

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 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.

The 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; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

Quotes from The Immortalists

“The cost of loneliness is high, she knows, but the cost of loss is higher.”

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

“The power of words. They weaseled under door crevices and through keyholes. They hooked into individuals and wormed through generations.”

“She’d tell herself that what she really wanted was not to live forever, but to stop worrying.”

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

About Chloe Benjamin

Chloe Benjamin is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Immortalists. Her first novel, The Anatomy of Dreams, received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was long listed for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Originally from San Francisco, CA, Chloe is a graduate of Vassar College and the M.F.A. in fiction at the University of Wisconsin. She lives with her husband in Madison, WI. Visit the author’s website →

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