In 1969, four siblings from the Lower East Side of New York visit a fortune teller, who tells each child the date of their death. Described as “a captivating family saga’ by the New York Times Book Review, The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin, follows the siblings both separately and together over the next four decades to see how these revelations affect their choices, their behavior, and their relationships with one another.
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. Chloe Benjamin is the author of the novel The Anatomy of Dreams, which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was longlisted for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.
A book discussion encompassing the existential questions raised by this poignant novel will be led by Dr. Kurt Mosser, Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Dayton. Dr. Mosser's area of scholarly research is in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, specifically the Critique of Pure Reason. He holds a B.A. from SMU (1979); an M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago (1991). His current work explores the internal migration, South to North, of both Whites and African Americans (1920-1960), and the role popular music (specifically bluegrass and blues) played in developing, maintaining, and changing cultural identity.