The Resource The immortalists : a novel, Chloe Benjamin

The immortalists : a novel, Chloe Benjamin

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The immortalists : a novel
Title
The immortalists
Title remainder
a novel
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Chloe Benjamin
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eng
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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Award
  • Loan Stars Favourites, 2018
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2018.
  • Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award, 2019.
Review
  • /* 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. -- Seaman, Donna (Reviewed 12/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 8, p87)
  • /*LibraryReads Favorite*/ A thought-provoking, sweeping family saga set in New York City's Lower East Side, 1969. Four siblings sneak out to visit a psychic who reveals to each, separately, the exact date of his or her death. The book goes on to recount five decades of experience shaped by the siblings attempts to control fate. -- Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN. (LibraryReads, January 2018)
  • /* Starred Review */ An Edna Ferber Prize winner for The Anatomy of Dreams, Benjamin opens her second novel with four children in 1969 New York daringly visiting a fortune-teller said to be able to predict the date of one's death. Elder siblings Daniel and Varya grow up to become an army doctor and a scientist, respectively, while rebellious Klara works as a magician in Las Vegas and the insouciant youngest, Simon, finds love and dance in San Francisco. Yet thinking they know when they will die powerfully shapes their lives, often to their detriment, and we see each sibling struggling with this burden in four distinct narratives. How differently would their lives have turned out had they not made that visit? Could Benjamin have told the story of four close and sometimes troubled siblings without recourse to this hint of magic? The answer to that last question is yes, as the narratives she offers are intriguingly intertwined and beautifully rendered. Yet the added dimension proves effective while feeling entirely natural, and readers can believe what they want of the fortune-teller's power. VERDICT Both thought-provoking and entertaining, this title is highly recommended for a wide range of readers. [See Prepub Alert, 7/3/17.]—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 08/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 13, p76)
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10616276
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Benjamin, Chloe
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Brothers and sisters
  • Fortune-tellers
  • Families
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Families
  • Fortune-tellers
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The immortalists : a novel, Chloe Benjamin
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1902937
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
346 pages
Isbn
9780735213180
Lccn
2016053641
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9780735213180
  • (OCoLC)968151453
Label
The immortalists : a novel, Chloe Benjamin
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1902937
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
346 pages
Isbn
9780735213180
Lccn
2016053641
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780735213180
  • (OCoLC)968151453

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