Title: In The Midst of Winter
Author: Isabel Allende
Genre: historical fiction, contemporary fiction
Is this part of a series? No
Publish date: October 31st, 2017
A severe snow storm in Brooklyn makes for unlikely friendships and love when three people- two women, both immigrants, and a dour professor are thrown together by chance. They tell their stories as time and situation keep them together. A story filled with pain, but also compassion; guilt and forgiveness. Two people, in the winter of their lives, will find a love that could complete them.
I have loved Allende ever since I first read Eva Luna when I was fifteen. This is still what I consider to be the gold star for magical realism. With her way with descriptions and her beautiful characters, she can get me out of myself better than any other author. I now own the book in paper (my eighth copy) and eBook…. and I eagerly await an audible edition (in English please). When I saw that Netgally and Atria books was offering her newest novel…. well, I had to have it. Many thanks guys, please know that I will be buying the audible edition for myself and at least one hard back for Christmas presents.
Now, this book was spectacular to me because of the time she spent introducing each character- fanning them out and breathing life and pain into them. Their stories broke my heart- Allende has a gift for making things real and terrifying with just a few words. I feel that this is important, especially now when so many (POTUS) try to use immigrants- both legal and illegal- as scapegoats for issues that they don’t want to take a deeper look at. Seeing the stories of where these women came from humanized the issues faced by so many- though hopefully not to this extent. This is not a quick read for me- I had to take my time, breathe it in and take breaks; but it was worth it. I loved this book so much! Five stars!!!
On the adult scale, there’s a lot. Violence, language, alcoholism, light sexual content, rape….. this is one that while I would let my niece read, there would be a discussion later- there are, after all, some very heavy hitting content. I give it a seven. I end this with a plea to Allende and publishers- make eBooks of the older books, please! Your fans would buy them!!!
The book is out on Halloween- go get it!!!!!
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