One of 2018’s most heralded novels makes itself evident here at the get-go as Chloe Benjamin visits with her richly imagined work, The Immortalists (Putnam). Siblings in a family hear a mystic’s prophecy, circa 1969, the mystic foretelling when people will die. Based on that, how to live life? Chloe Benjamin's first novel, The Anatomy of Dream (Atria), won the Edna Ferber Prize.
“An imaginative and satisfying family saga . . . A cleverly structured novel steeped in Jewish lore and the history of four decades of American life. The four Gold siblings are wonderful creations, and in Benjamin’s expert hands their story becomes a moving meditation on fate, faith, and the family ties that alternately hurt and heal.”—Publishers Weekly.
“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.