If you could find out the exact date of your death, would you?
How would that knowledge change the course of your life?
These are the questions at the center of Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists.
The novel follows four wildly different siblings from New York City after they each find out the day and year they will die. As you can imagine, each sibling processes and handles the information uniquely. For one, it’s a burden. For another, it’s a gift. For the others, it’s a combination of the two.
When I first started reading the book, I thought I knew what I would do in their situation. But their stories made me realize that it’s even more complicated than I had initially thought. Knowing that information can change not just how you view mortality, but also the entire course of your life, from your career to your relationships.
So, what would you do?