Top critical review
easy read but not perfect
31 August 2018
It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.
The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.
Each section tells of one of the siblings lives from that moment on and how the knowledge affects them. Some are stronger and more interesting that others, there were a couple of characters whose actions made no sense whatsoever but overall an easy read and despite the subject, enjoyable as well.