*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.*
Author of 'The Immortalists' CHLOE BENJAMIN
Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Interlochen Writing House Commons
Interlochen, MI 49643
Join author Chloe Benjamin as she discusses her work “The Immortalists,” a New York Times bestseller about four siblings who discover the exact dates they will die, and the effects this knowledge has on how they decide to live.
Benjamin has described her novel as “a book that explores how to live with uncertainty … It is an unbelievable, absurd paradox that we have to put one step in front of the other every day without knowing which one will be our last.”
“The Immortalists” has also received a #1 Indie Next Pick, #1 Library Reads pick, Amazon Best Book of the Month, and many other accolades.
A San Francisco native, Benjamin is a graduate of Vassar College and of the University of Wisconsin, where she received her MFA in fiction.
She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.
Virutal tour of the Writing House
Summary of 'The Immortalists'
A dazzling family love story reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You from a novelist heralded by Lorrie Moore as a "great new talent."
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.
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; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.
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.