The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Reviewed by Laura, Collection Development Librarian
What would you do if you knew the date you were going to die? How would you choose to live your life? In a book that is ripe for discussing, four children decide to visit a fortune teller to learn their fate. That decision sets forth a series of events that eventually upends familial bonds. The book starts in NYC in 1969 and carries through to present day. It explores the social issues of various decades and also the love-hate relationships that exist among families. The book draws the reader in pretty quickly, and the author has created compelling characters. As a reader, you can sense where the story or character is going based on time periods and, in certain instances, it makes it that much more heartbreaking. There were some secondary characters/plots that I felt the book could have done without, but the overall narrative about the four Gold siblings makes for a story that will resonate with you and stay with you for a while.