A book about four siblings knowing the day they will die and what they do with that knowledge…. it really opens up the question, would you want to know?
It is the late 1960’s and four children (from 7 – 13) find themselves before a Traveling Physic who claims to be able to tell them the day they will die. She does, privately with each one and go on their way believing and not believing…
The Immortalists then breaks into 4 parts and follows each sibling throughout their life to that day. What choices they make, and where it all ends. Do they live recklessly – or with abandon – or fully… as we, those who do not know, all should never knowing when that day or this day – will be your last.
What does the sibling do that has the least amount of time? What about the one with the most?
I finished this book late yesterday afternoon. I was listening to it on audio while channeling Marie Kondo and tackling my closet. And to be honest, I am still tossing around in my head what I think of it.
I think I am struggling because it was not what I thought it was going to be. I expected a more magical element to the book. One portion of the book was also way more sexually detailed then for my taste in books and while that chapter is extremely powerful, admittedly I had a few moments where I considered giving up on the book.
Now – that I have completed the book and understand what the author was doing… I feel that overall the book is brilliantly written. The diving of the chapters is a perfect telling for this style of read.
This book was up for vote by my book club on three separate occasions and won for our current read that we will be discussing tomorrow evening. I am super curious where they landed on this one and I feel it is going to bring out good discussion. I am looking forward to the big questions regarding dealing with grief, and the supernatural – and of course… if we could know when our last day would be…
would we want to know?