In the Midst of Winter

In the Midst of Winter

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"New York Times and worldwide bestselling "dazzling storyteller" (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident--which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster--a 60-year-old human rights scholar--hits the car of Evelyn Ortega--a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala--in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz--a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile--for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia. Exploring the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, the book recalls Allende's landmark novel The House of the Spirits in the way it embraces the cause of "humanity, and it does so with passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics" (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post). In the Midst of Winter will stay with you long after you turn the final page"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2017
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501178139
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 23, 2018

Not as powerful a story as most of her others. It kept me engaged but only because I didn't have another good book going at the time.

ontherideau Nov 06, 2018

I am a fan of Allende and the background of life in South America is relevant to the news of our time but other parts of the story wandered into areas that seemed disconnected.

Jun 01, 2018

I loved the three main characters and their stories but the overall story about how they came together was pretty lame.
It's still worth reading but not Allende's best.

May 11, 2018

I've not read many Allende books, this one had me laughing out loud in the first chapter before the full impact of the stories hit me. Set aside the tale of how the three main characters come together. This is such a truth telling story so few of us in the US will ever come close to hearing, let alone understanding.

How many of our ancestors left Europe, often driven by necessity, certainly lead by a bunch of white guys & 250 years later we have problems and we are so blessed. I did not feel I was being lectured, just enlightened.

Apr 29, 2018

A minor traffic accident turns into a convoluted farcical attempt to hide a dead body. Along with the silliness, is a very sobering retelling of three lives, A native of Chile shares her story of growing up under dictatorship, an illegal Guatemalan girl tells her nightmare of a life and a college professor shares his former life of loss and alcoholism. This is perhaps one of my most favorite Allende books.

Mar 29, 2018

I love most everything this author writes. I waited for this book a long time in line, but was very disappointed. The story line was so predictable and slow, that I did not even finish the book.

Jan 29, 2018

A highly improbable present day tale of innocent bystanders enacting a murder coverup that becomes quite understandable and even reasonable within a framework of significant cultural and historical perspectives.

Dec 09, 2017

I have really loved some of her novels but in this one the plot was just ridiculous. She is at her best in describing Central and South American cultures but that did not make up for the completely unbelievable and ludicrous plot that stitched the background stories together.

d2013 Dec 05, 2017

Engaging and reads well. The title itself has many layers to it. I also appreciated the fact that the author bring to this story important issues relevant to today still.

Dec 01, 2017

The thread that weaved the three main characters together was a brief episode when Richard collides with Evelyn's car holding a dead body in the trunk. Add Richard's upstairs tenant Lucia and we have the three main characters. I love Allende's writing. This story was more of attrocities of corrupt government, survival, smuggling coyotes, and families torn apart than about the dead body. The murder twist could have been a more compelling reason to reach the end.

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