What was the relationship between Ruby and Gertie in The Immortalists?

The relationship between Ruby and Gertie is that Gertie is Ruby's grandmother. Gertie is Klara's mother, and Klara is Ruby's mother.

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Gertie is Ruby's grandmother. Gertie is the mother of Klara, who is in turn Ruby's mother.

This story centers around four siblings, Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon. At the beginning of the story, all four go to a psychic and learn the date upon which they will allegedly die.

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Gertie is Ruby's grandmother. Gertie is the mother of Klara, who is in turn Ruby's mother.

This story centers around four siblings, Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon. At the beginning of the story, all four go to a psychic and learn the date upon which they will allegedly die.

We learn much less about Gertie and Ruby than we do about Klara and her siblings. However, we do know that Gertie has difficult relationships with her children and that her partner, Saul, died when the children were still young. Simon and Klara don't have much of a relationship with their mother, but the elder two, Varya and Daniel, feel obliged to stay near their mother as she gets older so that they are able to take care of her.

In the aftermath of Klara's death, Ruby continues to perform magic shows with Raj.

When cobbled together, the four sections of The Immortalists paint an intricate and moving story of the family dynamics that exist between Gertie, Ruby and the various members of the family from the generation between them.

I would argue that as much as this great book explores whether or not knowing the date of your death in advance is a good thing or a bad thing, it also explores family dynamics.

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