The Immortalists

The Immortalists

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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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735213180
0735213186
Branch Call Number: FICTION BENJA...C
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 24 cm

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Apr 02, 2018

The fortune teller on Hester Street tells each young Gold child the date he or she will die, and the author links each character to the next oldest sibling from the previous death. The story structure is clever and the picturesque detail good, but the detached imagery and first segment sex are overwritten. The protagonist is really second youngest Klara, the magician, and I don’t know why the author gave up the fascinating crime plot of the second and third segments, except to elevate form.

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