The Immortalists

The Immortalists

Large Print - 2018
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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. 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: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781432848910
1432848917
Branch Call Number: LP F BEN
Characteristics: large print
535 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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MrsIredale Jul 04, 2018

A lovely book that kept me wanting more, but felt like enough.

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cloudi72
Jun 28, 2018

This book seemed realistic in the way she had the characters interacting, the love, the grudges, the worries, and concerns or no concern. It's a book of what one chooses to believe in the face of fate, or can belief alter destiny? Some of the characters were way predictable, nonetheless, a good book overall. What will happen to Ruby, later in life?

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mckenzieseaux
Jun 17, 2018

The Immortalists was a great family saga. I loved it. At moments in the middle, it felt slow, but it always reeled me back in quickly. It was thought-provoking and had such unique characters! I didn't love the ending at first, but the more I think about it, the more I'm at peace with it.

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671books
Jun 01, 2018

I wanted to like this book. I really did. The premise was awesome. I mean who wouldn't want to learn of their future when they're a child and then live life to its fullest.

But the book/story just didn't deliver. The author gets bogged down in details that really don't add anything to the story. I found myself skipping page after page just to get to the meat of the story. This book was truly a disappointment.

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xiaojunbpl12
Jun 01, 2018

Simon’s story was the most touching, Klara’s full of magic, Daniel’s no big surprise but still plausible, finally Varya’s so ludicrously exciting as to disappoint me.
I read with enthusiasm, when all the goodness were skimmed from surface, not much left underneath. How to live a life? Too cliche a subject to reiterate in multitude of epic journeys compiled here, too grand a point to elucidate well in this fine literature for young adults.

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funky_d
May 27, 2018

Would you live your life differently if you were told at a young age the date of your death? Would believing that this date is accurate lead you to make good or bed decisions? This novel explores this and what these four siblings do with their lives after a fortune teller provides them their dates of death. It's a coming of age novel with the added twist of knowing this death date. I really enjoyed the first two stories Simon and Klara. For Daniel and Varya, it was a different kind of reading enjoyment but it's steadied out. I'm glad I read it but there was just a tad lacking at the story's conclusion, but the story has stayed with me and some questions remain. My questions would require a spoiler alert so I'll just say that I got a lot out of the story.

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lpreston214
May 21, 2018

This book is interesting due to the business about the predictions of the dates of the Gold siblings' deaths but the book is more about family than anything else. Youngest Simon who shouts "I hate you all" to his siblings as a child, when he goes out to live his live is branded "selfish", Klara who endures some bullying for her love of magic and being the quirky one, as an adult controls her own destiny, Daniel who feels he needs to be the leader and tries to get revenge on the fortune teller, and Varya who as a youngster is so attached to her siblings and is the most detached as an adult.

It's not the fortune teller's predictions that put the siblings at odds though, it the same types of things that put all siblings at odds. The important lesson is that redemption is possible.

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augsburgerin
May 10, 2018

How will you live your life after someone tells you the exact date you are going to die? That is the question the Gold siblings have to live with after they go see a fortune teller as children. Whether they believe in the prophesy or not, the knowledge cannot be undone and it both unites and separates them as they grow older. A well thought-out novel with interesting characters and much to think about.

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ownedbydoxies
May 08, 2018

Four young siblings learn, from someone they believe is psychic, the age at which they will die. This knowledge impacts their lives from that time forward. Each sibling is given their own section of the book, and as each one leads into the next, the story becomes ever more spell-binding. I found the book to be extremely well written. There are some graphic homosexual scenes and if that is something that would bother you, then don't read the book, however our society is built around all of us being individual and unique and in our uniqueness we live our lives accordingly.

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CarleeMcDot
May 04, 2018

If I remember correctly (which I may or may not... who knows?!), I didn't necessarily get a personal recommendation for this book but saw a few friends reading it (and noticed it on some "must read" lists) so jumped on the waiting list at the library (PS I normally jump in line at the library for books with long wait lists because I assume they must be good, which is not always the case, but figure people must be waiting for a good reason ;)). Thankfully this long wait panned out because I really enjoyed the book. I had no idea what it was about prior to grabbing it, but it was definitely worth the wait. I liked how the story was told in four different parts (one by each of the Gold children). Each of the characters were so different that it gave the book four different vibes, while still fitting together perfectly. The premise behind the book - knowing the date you will die - was very intriguing. There are definitely some graphic scenes in the beginning (quickly reminding me this was NOT a YA book like most of the other ones I grab), but I didn't think it detracted from the story. I'll be honest, I enjoyed the first two parts better than the last two, but I still couldn't put the book down. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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