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Marginalia: Chloe Benjamin


Chloe Benjamin’s new book, The Immortalists, begins in the 1960s, with four siblings, aged 7 to 13, visiting a Romani fortune teller on New York’s lower east side. Each sibling is granted an individual audience with the fortune teller, and each is told the date they will die.

The novel then follows the siblings through their decades, punctuated with invisible question marks, and an unspoken debate about destiny vs. choice.

I caught up with Chloe Benjamin via phone just before her book was published and we *spoke* about destiny, self-fulfilled prophecy, and what’s next. Here’s our conversation:

And if you heard the commentary on-air, this is what you heard:

Chloe Benjamin | Marginalia, the commentary


The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons.

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