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The Immortalists

A Novel

#1 Indie Next Pick
#1 LibraryReads Pick

One of...


Newsweek’s “50 Coolest Books to Read This Summer”


Good Morning America’s
Best Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer”

Elle
’s “19 of the Best Books to Read This Winter”

Harper's Bazaar’s “10 New Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018”

Southern Living’s “Books Coming Out This Winter That We Can’t Wait to Read”

Martha Stewart Living, “On Our Bookshelf”

InStyle’s “10 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018”

Huffington Post’s “60 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018”

W Magazine’s “10 Unconventional New Books About Love For Valentine's Day”

Popsugar’s
 “25 Must-Read Books for Fall”

Bustle’s “35 Most-Anticipated Fiction Books of 2018”

Nylon’s “50 Books We Can’t Wait To Read In 2018”

Goop’s “12 Books for Winter Break”

BookPage’s “Most Anticipated Fiction of 2018”

Book Riot’s “101 Books Coming Out in 2018 That You Should Mark Down Now”

HelloGiggles’ “Most Anticipated Books of 2018”

PureWow’s “20 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018”

Goodreads’ “Most Anticipated Books of 2018”

Book Riot’s “Most Anticipated Books of January 2018”

TimeOut’s “Eleven New Books to Read This Month”

“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.”
—NPR.org

“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

“Compelling.”
—InStyle 


“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 dying
it's a book about how to live.”
—Nathan Hill, author of The Nix
Rezension
#1 Indie Next Pick
#1 LibraryReads Pick

One of...
Newsweek's "50 Coolest Books to Read This Summer"
Good Morning America's "Best Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer"
Elle's "19 of the Best Books to Read This Winter"
Harper's Bazaar's "10 New Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018"
Southern Living's "Books Coming Out This Winter That We Can't Wait to Read"
Martha Stewart Living, "On Our Bookshelf"
InStyle's "10 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018"
The Huffington Post's "60 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018"
W Magazine's "10 Unconventional New Books About Love For Valentine's Day"
Popsugar's "25 Must-Read Books for Fall"
Bustle's "35 Most-Anticipated Fiction Books of 2018"
Nylon's "50 Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2018"
Goop's "12 Books for Winter Break"
BookPage's "Most Anticipated Fiction of 2018"
Book Riot's "101 Books Coming Out in 2018 That You Should Mark Down Now"
HelloGiggles' "Most Anticipated Books of 2018"
PureWow's "20 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018"
Goodreads' "Most Anticipated Books of 2018"
Book Riot's "Most Anticipated Books of January 2018"
TimeOut's "Eleven New Books to Read This Month"

"A literary page-turner...A really compelling plotline." -Wall Street Journal

"The only real magic here is Benjamin's storytelling....Poignant...A testimony of love." -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." -NPR.org

"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." -The 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

"Compelling." -InStyle

"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
Portrait
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 long listed for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the M.F.A. in fiction at the University of Wisconsin. She lives with her husband in Madison, WI.
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    When Saul dies, Simon is in physics class, drawing concentric circles meant to represent the rings of an electron shell but which to Simon mean nothing at all. With his daydreaming and his dyslexia, he has never been a good student, and the purpose of the electron shell-the orbit of electrons around an atom's nucleus-escapes him. In this moment, his father bends over in the crosswalk on Broome Street while walking back from lunch. A taxi honks to a stop; Saul sinks to his knees; the blood drains from his heart. His death makes no more sense to Simon than the transfer of electrons from one atom to another: both are there one moment, and gone the next.
    Varya drives down from college at Vassar, Daniel from SUNY Binghamton. None of them understand it. Yes, Saul was stressed, but the city's worst moments-the fiscal crisis, the blackout-are finally behind them. The unions saved the city from bankruptcy, and New York is finally looking up. At the hospital, Varya asks about her father's last moments. Had he been in any pain? Only briefly, says the nurse. Did he speak? No one can say that he did. This should not surprise his wife and children, who are used to his long silences-and yet Simon feels cheated, robbed of a final memory of his father, who remains as close-lipped in death as he was in life.

    Because the next day is Shabbat, the funeral takes place on Sunday. They meet at Congregation Tifereth Israel, the conservative synagogue of which Saul was a member and patron. In the entryway, Rabbi Chaim gives each Gold a pair of scissors for the kriah.

    "No. I won't do it," says Gertie, who must be walked through each step of the funeral as if through the customs process of a country she never meant to visit. She wears a sheath dress that Saul made for her in 1962: sturdy black cotton, with a dart-fitted waistline, front button closure, and detachable belt. "You can't make me," she adds, her eyes darting between Rabbi Chaim and her children, who have all obediently slit their clothes above the heart, and though Rabbi Chaim explains that it is not he who can make her but God, it seems that God can't, either. In the end, the rabbi gives Gertie a black ribbon to cut, and she takes her seat with wounded victory.

    Simon has never liked coming here. As a child, he thought the synagogue was haunted, with its rough, dark stone and dank interior. Worse were the services: the unending silent devotion, the fervent pleas for the restoration of Zion. Now Simon stands before the closed casket, air circulating through the slit in his shirt, and realizes he'll never see his father's face again. He pictures Saul's distant eyes and demure, almost feminine smile. Rabbi Chaim calls Saul magnanimous, a person of character and fortitude, but to Simon he was a decorous, timid man who skirted conflict and trouble-a man who seemed to do so little out of passion that it was a wonder he had ever married Gertie, for no one would have viewed Simon's mother, with her ambition and pendulum moods, as a pragmatic choice.

    After the service, they follow the pallbearers to Mount Hebron Cemetery, where Saul's parents were buried. Both girls are weeping-Varya silently, Klara as loudly as her mother-and Daniel seems to be holding himself together out of nothing more than stunned obligation. But Simon finds himself unable to cry, even as the casket is lowered into the earth. He feels only loss, not of the father he knew but of the person that Saul might have been. At dinner, they sat at opposite ends of the table, lost in private thought. The shock came when one of them glanced up, and their eyes caught-an accident, but one that joined their separate worlds like a hinge before someone looked away again.

    Now, there is no hinge. Distant though he was, Saul had allowed each Gold to assume their separate roles: he the breadwinner, Gertie the general, Varya the obedient oldest, Simon the unburdened youngest. If their father's body-his cholesterol lower than Gert
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 352
Erscheinungsdatum 18.07.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-525-53882-0
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 20.3/13.4/2.7 cm
Gewicht 345 g
Verkaufsrang 7068
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Knowing the date fo your death...
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 03.12.2018
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Four siblings come to know the date of their death - and have to deal with this knolege. It's heartwarming and heartbreaking watching them living their liefes ... the only one they get...

von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 24.07.2018
Bewertet: anderes Format

Tolle Geschichte über vier Geschwister, die schon als Kinder erfahren, wann sie sterben werden. Aber wie soll man mit diesem Wissen umgehen? Sehr einfühlsam und bewegend erzählt.

Zu wissen, wie lange man zu leben hat, macht das Leben nicht leichter!
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 12.05.2018
Bewertet: Format: eBook (ePUB)

Vier Geschwister erhalten als Kinder die Prophezeiung über ihr jeweiliges Todesdatum. Schaffen sie es, sich dadurch nicht beeinflussen zu lassen und ihr Leben nicht danach auszurichten? Oder leben sie gerade deshalb umso intensiver? Chloe Benjamin lässt uns jedes der vier Geschwister durch sein Leben hindurch begleiten und an d... Vier Geschwister erhalten als Kinder die Prophezeiung über ihr jeweiliges Todesdatum. Schaffen sie es, sich dadurch nicht beeinflussen zu lassen und ihr Leben nicht danach auszurichten? Oder leben sie gerade deshalb umso intensiver? Chloe Benjamin lässt uns jedes der vier Geschwister durch sein Leben hindurch begleiten und an deren ganz unterschiedlichem Umgang mit der Prophezeiung teilhaben. Dabei versetzt sie sich so einfühlsam in ihre Charaktere, dass es dem Leser jedes Mal schwerfällt, den Bruder oder die Schwester gehen zu lassen... und sich am Ende ganz von ihrer Welt trennen zu müssen. Ein ganz tolles, warmherziges, lesenswertes Buch!