In the Midst of Winter: A Novel by Isabel AllendeIn the Midst of Winter: A Novel by Isabel Allende

In the Midst of Winter: A Novel

byIsabel Allende

Paperback | October 31, 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.
Isabel Allende was born in 1942 in Lima, Peru, the daughter of a Chilean diplomat. When her parents separated, young Isabel moved with her mother to Chile, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She married at the age of 19 and had two children, Paula and Nicolas. Her uncle was Salvador Allende, the president of Chile. When he was ...
Title:In the Midst of Winter: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:October 31, 2017Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501183265

ISBN - 13:9781501183263

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Drama I'm glad I persevered reading Isabel Allende's books because this one was much more up my alley than the first of hers I read, The House of Spirits. This book was a delightful mix of thought provoking ideas, history, drama, crime, and friendship. And it was of a much more manageable length too! I loved the breadth of cultures and countries this book touched on, from Brooklyn in NYC, to Brazil, to Chile, to Canada, to Guatemala. Funnily enough, almost all the places I've visited in the last 12 months. This book weaves skillfully back and forth between the pressing events of the present, and the past back stories of each of the involved characters, a motley group of people if there ever was one! The problems of immigration, refugees, and political dictators was a strong thread throughout this story, and a pressing and heart-wrenching issue I'm finally coming to appreciate after reading books like Allende's and watching shows like Jane the Virgin. I feel like I got to walk in several different people's shoes through this narrative in a way that opened my eyes rather than feeling forced. A fascinating, and thought-provoking read, I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the current state of the world and doesn't mind a little crime thrown into the mix with their drama.
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly political novel, great read The novel centres around 3 characters, following their stories in Chile & Guatemala, the history and politics that impacted their growing up years, and how their lives are now intertwined. I enjoyed reading and learning about the history, but I have to say the present-day story that weaves through the novel is a bit petty compared to the depth of the history - but it does carry the novel forward.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Historically accurate with an excellent plot combining the tales of three people.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprise for Risk-Takers Only Thanks to the Calgary (Alberta) Public Library for featuring this novel for those who, like myself, best grasp history inside the interpretation of lived lives. I've learned so much about Chilean/American oppression in the detailed accounts artfully wrapped in the perspective that life forever surprises brave risk-takers unwilling to curl up in the victim position. A riveting, engaging historically-based novel that inspired me! Eleanor Cowan, Author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wanted to Like it More I wanted to like this book more than I did. Ms. Allende is an excellent writer, however, I just did not feel compelled to read the whole book. I found nothing endearing about the characters to make we want to find out how the story closed. I skimmed the last half of the book for the plotline.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Really enjoyed the characters.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Try it out, you won't be disappointed! Richard, Lucia and Evelyn's lives collide and intertwine in a way that none of them could have predicted. Richard, a man who struggling with his own inner demons is forced into a situation where he needs to react, make decisions and take control of his own happiness. Lucia is a feisty woman who is originally from Chile but has carved a life out for herself in Brooklyn, NY. Lucia is an optimist who is always able to help those around her but when it comes to making decisions for herself she is unusually hesitant. Evelyn is a young woman from Guatemala who has struggled and been forced to see and experience things that no one should ever have to endure. An unexpected accident thrusts these three individuals together into a journey it seems only lifetime could have prepared them for. I really appreciated Isabel Allende's newest novel <b>In the Midst of Winter</b>. She dug deep into the hearts of what would otherwise be unremarkable people. She took an underpaid young house maid and gave her a history that is unimaginable but real at the same time. Allende also explores some BIG, real social and political events in Latin American history. I might argue that one of these events would be enough for the novel. <b>In the Midst of Winter</b> tackles three characters each with very different and very tragic lives. At times some of the political events got lost in transition for me. I found myself stopping to think about which thread was being described, which country and which character. The beginning of the novel was very good in my opinion. It drew me in and kept my attention. Once the action began for the conflict I was reading quickly and cared less about how Richard, Evelyn and Lucia resolved their situation. The climax seemed rushed, almost like you could see the author writing and someone over their shoulder saying, "alright, now resolve and finish this novel in 5 pages or less". However, there are too many good elements to this story for me to give it less than a four. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to my friends and I think it would be excellent for a book club.
Date published: 2017-10-30