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The Immortalists: Introduction
The Immortalists: Plot Summary
The Immortalists: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Immortalists: Themes
The Immortalists: Quotes
The Immortalists: Characters
The Immortalists: Terms
The Immortalists: Symbols
The Immortalists: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Chloe Benjamin
Historical Context of The Immortalists
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- Full Title: The Immortalists
- When Written: 2014-2018
- Where Written: Madison, Wisconsin
- When Published: January 9, 2018
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Historical Fiction
- Setting: New York City, 1969-1979; San Francisco, 1979-1981; Albany, 1990-2006; San Francisco, 2006-2010.
- Climax: Varya ruins her primate research and reconnects with Luke.
- Antagonist: Fate, death, the fortune teller
- Point of View: Third-Person Limited (each section is from the point of view of one of the four protagonists)
Extra Credit for The Immortalists
The True Immortalist. Originally, Benjamin intended Varya’s research subject to be the “immortal jellyfish,” which is one of the few known animals that can revert to a younger stage, rendering it biologically immortal. In an interview, Benjamin explained that because scientists still don’t understand exactly how the jellyfish accomplish this feat, she decided to shift Varya’s research to primates.
Close to Home. Benjamin, who grew up in San Francisco, has stated that she was partially raised by gay parents and trained as a ballet dancer until college, and so the issues in Simon’s section of the book were very close to her heart.