In the Midst of Winter

In the Midst of Winter

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2017
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781501178139
Branch Call Number: F ALL
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: In the midst of winter


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I was pretty disappointed by this book:
1. I suppose I would liked to see more elements of the magical realism. This book was a bit too western in it's style.
2. Wasn't invested in the characters
3. Went on far too long for relative number of characters, plot twists and insight reveals.

Dec 25, 2018

With Trump in the White House,illegal immigrants are very much in the news. "In the midst of winter," starts with a minor accident involving Richard and an undocumented Guatemalan worker, Evelyn. The plot thickens when Evelyn arrives at Richard's doorstep in the midst of a blizzard and is distraught and can hardly string two words together. This prompts Richard to request his Chilean tenant Lucia's help. What follows is an adventure involving the three with major twists and turns. Allende tells us the story of the three in the midst of winter while telling us about the past of the three characters. Will Lucia and Richard find love in the course of their adventure? It is well worth reading the book to find out. I particularly liked the quote of Albert Camus "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer." the novel started with it and ended with it and did full justice to it. (less)

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IndyPL_MikeH Dec 18, 2018

Well. This is opinion, right? I expected more of Isabel Allende. The characters are well defined and by themselves are interesting. The plot on the other hand was impossible for me to buy into.

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.

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