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Summary

It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. Four siblings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to hear their fortunes.

We then follow the intertwined paths the siblings take over the course of five decades and, in particular, how they choose to live with the supposed knowledge the fortune-teller gave them that day.

This is a story about life, mortality and the choices we make: is it better to live a long and cautious life or to burn brightly, but for the shortest time?

©2018 Chloe Benjamin (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd.

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  • Kathst
  • United Kingdom
  • 21-01-18

Such an usual story full of love, life and sadness

I found this story intriguing so when it got going i found that the story was in sections and finished in day's. it's an enjoyable listen and I look forward to others from this author. would recommend although can be upsetting in places.

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Good beginning, weak second half

I’m just not sure what this book is meant to be. I was enjoying it for Simon and Clara’s stories, then it all kind of fell apart for Daniel and Varia’s. I suppose it didn’t help that I didn’t enjoy their characters at all. I really don’t get what the whole point was of making the death predictions a crucial part of the story when we got no resolution or answers to that at all. And I’ll never enjoy hearing about animal cruelty so that really tainted things for me. Overall I’d say it’s a strange book indeed. But still well written.

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Loved it ! Best thing I have read in ages

Such an interesting and thought provoking story ! So original and unexpected . It’s simply a brilliant treat

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Lovely listen

I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the characters and enjoyed their stories , hoped & wished for different outcomes. I’d love to read / listen more from Chloe Benjamin.

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A Beautifully crafted novel

Intelligent and thought-provoking novel. Beautiful descriptions of characters and their complex relationships with themselves and with their destinies.

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Beautiful

Beautifully written story about the burden of knowing your fate and choices you make in life, about a life of a family stricken with grief, loss and mental health issues. Great performance.

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some parts were better than others

I enjoyed some parts of the novel more than others. Some excellent characterisation and some lovely story telling.

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Family saga - didn't quite deliver.

The idea of the story - was compelling but it was held together loosely.
The first half of the book made sense to me and I completely loved it as Simon and Claras stories were so interwoven the progress of the story worked for me. I believed in them from start to end.
The second half of the book was like starting a new book, I didn't have any formed relationships with any one, so I read on but kind of wondered what the point was as I did it.

I do think the writing style was great and I the narration, I would have just preferred if the story had more interaction with the characters woven through and as much thought to the second half as the to the first.

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The immortalist

Strange book tbh. 4 very different siblings characters, each with an interesting story to tell (& demise) in the case of 3. Sad in parts, thought provoking in othets! Although l enjoyed listening to it, it didn't quite grab me. Worth a listen though

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Interesting

Found this story really interesting and a great listen.
Very thought provoking and a great storyline to back up the messages within the story.