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The Immortalists
By (author): Chloe Benjamin
9780735215092 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Feb 05, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.45 x 8.22 x 1.04 in 368 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons

The Washington Post, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, Marie Claire, New York Public Library, LibraryReads, The Skimm, Lit Hub, Lit Reactor


“A captivating family saga.”—The New York Times Book Review

“This literary family saga is perfect for fans of Celeste Ng and Donna Tartt.”—People Magazine (Book of the Week)

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 struggles to maintain 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.

Both a dazzling family love story and a sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, 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.

Story Locale: New York City, San Francisco, Las Vegas

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER: The Immortalists hardcover debuted at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list, and has remained on the list for more than six weeks and has netted more than 130,000 copies.

MAJOR ACCLAIM, MEDIA, AND LOVE FOR HARDCOVER: Starting with the BEA Buzz panel, the enthusiasm for The Immortalists has been phenomenal, with glowing reviews in outlets such as The New York Times Book Review, People, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Associated Press, Esquire, and Marie Claire, and was included in round-ups in Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and many other women’s magazines. Chloe Benjamin appeared on Late Night with Seth Myers and NPR’s “Weekend Edition.”

BOOKSELLER AND LIBRARIAN FAVORITE: The Immortalists was the #1 IndieNext pick for January 2018, with more than 70 booksellers giving blurbs. The novel was also a #1 LibraryReads pick and was chosen for B&N’s Discover Great New Writers Program, is one of Amazon’s Top 20 Books of 2018 So Far, was an Amazon Spotlight Pick, and was an iBooks Favorite.

PROMOTABLE, BELOVED AUTHOR: Benjamin has participated in two multi-city tours (in addition to a pre-pub tour), with more touring planned for later in 2018. She is energetic, personable, and has a great social media presence, and has proven she can consistently draw a crowd.

GENRE EXCELS IN PAPERBACK: As seen with the paperback successes of other “family love stories” like Everything I Never Told You, The Interestings, and The Nix, literary family novels perform very well in the paperback format, even doubling or tripling hardcover sales.

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 longlisted for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the MFA in fiction at the University of Wisconsin. She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.

Author Residence: Madison, WI

Author Hometown: San Francisco, CA

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#1 Indie Next Pick
#1 LibraryReads Pick

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“A literary page-turner…A really compelling plotline.”The Wall Street Journal

“The only real magic here is Benjamin’s storytelling….Poignant…A testimony of love.”The Washington Post

“[An] amazing work of fiction…A dense, yet beautifully spun and satisfying tale that spans 50 years…Spare, yet gorgeously robust prose…and every page is imbued with [Benjamin’s] obvious storytelling skill….Begin 2018 with the book that could easily retain the year’s top spot, The Immortalists is a can’t-put-down, makes-you-think tale of a not-so-average American family.”—Associated Press

“The book spans decades, touching on the AIDs crisis, 9/11, race, and marriage. But, at its core, it’s an examination of free will and fate.”—The New Yorker

“The reader will likely be thoroughly taken by the world of the Gold siblings, in all its shades of brilliant color. It’s not a totally comfortable realm, since we know all too well how this tale’s going to end, but getting there is lovely.”—

“Search no further for your inaugural 2018 book club pick.”Elle
“Thrilling.”Marie Claire

“A compelling family drama.”Esquire

“Centered on four siblings and spanning decades, The Immortalists asks a seemingly simple yet unimaginably complex question: If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? The search for the answer makes for a sprawling, enchanting family saga.”Entertainment Weekly (Must-List)

“Chloe Benjamin’s family saga deftly explores destiny versus choice.”US Weekly

“A family saga about love, destiny, living life and making choices that will cause readers to consider what to do with the time given them on this earth.”Huffington Post

“Benjamin’s tale is propulsive and colorful, capturing moving truths about the way we handle the knowledge that we all eventually die….The premise…is brilliant and simple.”Chicago Tribune

“Chloe Benjamin is a novelist to watch….The Immortalists weaves together philosophy and fortune-telling, to great effect….As deft and dizzying as a high-wire act…the reader is beguiled with unexpected twists and stylish, crisp prose….Unwittingly, this ambitious, unorthodox tale may change you too.”The Economist


“As you follow [the siblings] toward their fates in this magical family saga, you’ll appreciate the unexpected in your own life.”Redbook

“A moving novel about the deep bonds of family.”Southern Living

“Beautifully written and intricately detailed, it’s impossible to put down and sure to be one of those books you’ve got to re-read again and again.”Popsugar 

“Intriguing premise…Beautifully written story.”—AARP

“Suspenseful, compassionate, inquisitive, and wholly captivating.”Bustle

“Continually ratcheting up the tension…A Jewish-American family saga.”Newsday

”[A] captivating family saga…Each of these four narrative strands is a mini marvel, but together they form a hauntingly beautiful tapestry of familial love and loss.“—Lit Hub

“Magical…There are moments as taut as a thriller, where time disappears as you turn pages; and passages of quiet compassion.”The Seattle Times

”[A] gorgeous, sweeping novel."—American Banker

“[Benjamin] casts a spell with…her affecting family saga.”Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A sweeping epic that will enchant you from cover to cover.”Paste Magazine

“A page turner, as addictive as it is emotionally searing…Captivating, moving and addictive. It makes you think, feel, fall in love, and question how to best live your days left on earth.”Lambda Literary 

“An intriguing setup for an immersive family saga.”Toronto Star 

“Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is the very best kind of literary thriller, its suspense deriving from characters we care about deeply and surprises that feel embedded in our shared humanity. As profound a meditation on destiny as readers are likely to encounter.”—Richard Russo

“For someone who loves stories about brothers and sisters, as I do, The Immortalists is about as good as it gets. A memorable and heartfelt look at what might happen to a family who knows too much. It’s amazing how good this book is.‎”—Karen Joy Fowler

“A beautiful, compassionate, and even joyful novel. Chloe Benjamin has written an inspiring book that makes you think hard about what you want to do with the time you’re given. This is not really a book about dyingit’s a book about how to live.”—Nathan Hill, author of The Nix

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