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Publisher's Summary

It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. Four siblings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to hear their fortunes.

We then follow the intertwined paths the siblings take over the course of five decades and, in particular, how they choose to live with the supposed knowledge the fortune-teller gave them that day.

This is a story about life, mortality and the choices we make: is it better to live a long and cautious life or to burn brightly, but for the shortest time?

©2018 Chloe Benjamin (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd.

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Avoid

Couldn't get past the gay porn literature, which I found distasteful. I wouldn't recommend this book.

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  • Kathst
  • 21-01-2018

Such an usual story full of love, life and sadness

I found this story intriguing so when it got going i found that the story was in sections and finished in day's. it's an enjoyable listen and I look forward to others from this author. would recommend although can be upsetting in places.

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  • H Jones
  • 21-03-2018

Loved it ! Best thing I have read in ages

Such an interesting and thought provoking story ! So original and unexpected . It’s simply a brilliant treat

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  • N. J. Keely
  • 10-02-2018

Lovely listen

I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the characters and enjoyed their stories , hoped & wished for different outcomes. I’d love to read / listen more from Chloe Benjamin.

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  • Ms. L. V. Hurley
  • 10-08-2018

Interesting

Found this story really interesting and a great listen.
Very thought provoking and a great storyline to back up the messages within the story.

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  • Happy and Smiling
  • 15-07-2018

Good concept, but should have been better executed

The last two stories were just plain depressing. The first two stories were interesting. It all became too mundane and sad, and the last story really disturbed me as it's about cruel testing on primates, which is no doubt absolutely accurate. So much more could have been done with this great idea of a storyline to make this book shine. Though it was very well written, I did not enjoy the book, and it left me with just sadness about 4 lives wasted.

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  • scaddy404
  • 23-06-2018

Sweeping family tale with an interesting hook

I found the concept of this story brilliant. The weaving of all the different family members separately and then together or in different relationship strands was excellent. It was touching and fast paced although I found the last few chapters a little over-indulged. Overall really good and would recommend.

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  • A20man
  • 12-06-2018

Interesting idea, didn't quite deliver...

Liked the starting idea for the story, but felt it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The four siblings' stories are told sequencially and it almost felt like four completely different books with one common thread only tenuously pulling them together.

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  • weasal
  • 12-06-2018

Good beginning, weak second half

I’m just not sure what this book is meant to be. I was enjoying it for Simon and Clara’s stories, then it all kind of fell apart for Daniel and Varia’s. I suppose it didn’t help that I didn’t enjoy their characters at all. I really don’t get what the whole point was of making the death predictions a crucial part of the story when we got no resolution or answers to that at all. And I’ll never enjoy hearing about animal cruelty so that really tainted things for me. Overall I’d say it’s a strange book indeed. But still well written.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-05-2018

Brilliant

Wasn’t sure about the ending but loved it anyway. Very cleverly written, in lots of detail.

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  • Anna Haighton
  • 03-05-2018

Whimsical and lovely

I loved this- simple, heartfelt and heart wrenching. The narration is fantastic and the story really pulls you in. I recommend it!