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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pozrob
Nov 11, 2017

The Washington Post said it best. Calling Isabel Allende "one of the greatest writers of our time". She has certainly earned her place at the table alongside Marquez, Fuentes, Dorfman, and the other greats to emerge from Latin America. I did notice, and correct me if I'm wrong, this was the first time in a fictitious work that she mentions her uncle Salvador Allende and dictator Augusto Pinochet by name. President Allende was assassinated and Pinochet installed by a military coup with the help of the CIA. Interesting. Maybe because now Chile is governed by decency. This novel resonates with the times we live in, and i cannot recommend this book enough.

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nanyosorio
Jul 22, 2017

Love this author.Every one of her books is an awesome story. Can't wait to read this one

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