In the Midst of Winter

In the Midst of Winter

by Isabel Allende

Overview: An instant New York Times bestseller, In the Midst of Winter is about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that offers “a timely message about immigration and the meaning of home” (People).

During the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his sixties, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, and what at first seems an inconvenience takes a more serious turn when Evelyn comes to his house, seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant, Lucia Maraz, a fellow academic from Chile, for her advice.

As these three lives intertwine, each will discover truths about how they have been shaped by the tragedies they witnessed, and Richard and Lucia will find unexpected, long overdue love. Allende returns here to themes that have propelled some of her finest work: political injustice, the art of survival, and the essential nature of—and our need for—love..

Faith Bowers (08/29/18): I have enjoyed many of Ms Allende’s novels and this is another I can recommend. It is funny though the histories of the three protagonists are very sad as we learn about their lives during what brings them to a winter night in Brooklyn, NY.

That is a dead body in a stolen car by a tiny illegal alien. The three all have histories in South America during some very sad times both personally and politically. Ms Allende writes beautifully and draws you in to a wonderful story about sad people who finally become happy.
Rating: ***

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