In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

In the Midst of Winter

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 t...

Details In the Midst of Winter

TitleIn the Midst of Winter
Release DateNov 2nd, 2017
PublisherSimon Schuster Audio UK
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Reviews In the Midst of Winter

  • Elyse
    Smiling ear-to-ear!!!!! Awwwwww that was fun!!! Isabel Allende - "QUEEN OF STORYTELLING"....born into a Chilean family - blends many of my favorite topics in this story ....., aging, pessimism, optimism, humor, seriousness ( political - social issues), history and personal background stories taking place in some of the most fascinating places on earth: Brooklyn, Brazil, Guatemala, Canada, and Chile, .......chaos & drama, great chemist...
  • Angela M
    I'm a fan of several of Allende's earlier books and this one seemed so promising at the start . Two fascinating, heartbreaking stories of Lucia and Evelyn both making their way to the US from horrific circumstances from two different places and two different times. They become connected through Richard whose story was intriguing and heartbreaking in its own right. Richard is a university professor, landlord, acquaintance, and employer of Lucia , ...
  • Brina
    Isabel Allende has been a favorite author of mine since I read her House of the Spirits for the first time when I was in high school. Allende will always hold a special place in my heart because with her magical realism brand of writing, I gained entry into the world of Hispanic women writers, and have been Latin America and its writers ever since. Having read many of Allende's novels and memoirs at this point, I always find myself captivated by ...
  • Diane S ☔
    This was the monthly buddy read between Angela,Esil and I. I love many of the books this author has written, although I thought her earlier novels were the most powerful. The first few chapters of this one are meant to familiarize the reader with the characters. Then we started exploring their back stories,and at first I thought this might be her most powerful book yet. Unfortunately didn't feel that way the end. She introduced something that see...
  • Esil
    It's frustrating to read a book that feels like it could be so much better. Isabel Allende's latest book, In The Midst Of Winter, has a lot of promise but as it turns out I felt like it delivered a fairly disjointed uneven narrative. Lucia is a 62 year old Chilean, living temporarily in New York. Richard is Lucia's landlord, and he had lived for many years in Brazil. Evelyn is from Guatemala. One stormy night, Lucia, Richard and Evelyn are thrown...
  • Linda
    Life seems to dole out hopelessness like the flight of a wingless bird.Richard Bowmaster looks out the window of his three-story brownstone in Brooklyn with much apprehension. Abundance is to be embraced unless it is the form of a snow storm. The city has all but shut down with its streets almost impassable. As a professor at NYU, no classes can be a point of celebration.Tucked under another abundance in the form of blankets in the freezing basem...
  • PorshaJo
    So, you know when someone puts a plate in front of you and says 'It's hot. Don't touch the plate.' and you immediately touch the plate. You just had to see for yourself. Yeah, that's how I felt with this one. I read so many less than stellar reviews of this one but I had to find out for myself. I wanted to read this one since I first heard about it. Then I saw the wonderful Isabel Allende talk about the book and I couldn't *WAIT* to read it. Perh...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: Richard Bowmaster was Lucia’s boss at New York University where she had a one year contract as a visiting professor. Once the semester was over, her life was a blank slate: she would need another job and somewhere else to live while she decided on her long term future. Sooner or later she would return to end her days in Chile, but that was still quite a way off. And since her daughter, Daniela, had moved to Miami to study marine biolog...
  • Emer
    'In the Midst of Winter' is a beautifully written and quietly charming novel. In this story we are introduced to three characters, Lucia Maraz, Richard Bowmaster and Evelyn Ortega, whose lives become inextricably interlinked over the course of a few days in a winter storm in New York. Simply put Lucia is a goddess. I love her. She's complex, she's wise, a bit batty, definitely lonely, incredibly funny and wonderfully dynamic... At almost sixty-tw...
  • Jean
    In the Midst of Winter features three distinct individuals who are brought together during a crippling blizzard. All of Brooklyn is shut down. Richard Bowmaster, a 60-year-old academic, is on his way home from the emergency vet clinic when he rear-ends a vehicle driven by Evelyn Ortega, a youthful, fragile-looking undocumented Guatemalan. To his surprise and chagrin, she knocks on his door later that evening seeking help. Claiming limited Spanish...
  • Margitte
    I have always been a Isabel Allende reader and admirer. As one of her millions of devoted followers, I feel blessed to have read her latest book.Two people slowly fall in love; the reader is taken on a historical tour through Chili, Brazil, Guatemala, Canada; human trafficking; drugs and alcoholism; a murder mystery; and a few I might have forgotten. The story is packed with adventure, nostalgia, remorse, and so much more.I was thinking about the...
  • Michael
    A tale of a middle-aged academic woman in Brooklyn, Lucia, joining forces with a male colleague (and landlord and department head), Richard, to help a young undocumented woman from Guatemala in serious trouble, Evelyn. The latter works as a nanny to a gangster figure, whose car she has borrowed turns out to have a body in its trunk. Deportation is unacceptable because the gang MS-13 is targeting her and her family. The effort to help pulls Lucia ...
  • Nada EL Shabrawi
    خير بداية لعام سعيد ان شاء الله.
  • Lisa
    IN THE MIDST OF WINTERIsabel AllendeMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐▫PUBLISHER Simon and Schuster AudioPUBLISHED November 2, 2017A relevant and lyrical novel that runs the gamut of emotions, blending humor, tragedy, depression and love. SUMMARYIN THE MIDST OF WINTER begins with a minor traffic accident on a snowy morning in Brooklyn. Richard Bowmaster, a depressed 60-year-old human rights professor slides on the snow into the rear a white Lexus causing s...
  • Dorie
    I have been a fan of Ms. Allende ever since I read “Daughter of Fortune” many, many years ago. I was looking forward to this book and the premise was a good one, but in the end it didn’t work for me. It seemed to me that Ms. Allende was trying to write an immigrant story but also a present day story filled with an unbelievable plot and three individuals who are all deeply scarred from their past. If this had been any other author I don’t ...
  • Dawnie
    Another review can be also found on my Booktube Channel Books Beautify LifeThe writing was great, the idea was fantastic... the actual book a bit disappointing. What i would recommend with this is that if you are interested in reading this book know this: The english translation is beautifully written, but the plot itself is very wide reaching, telling four different story lines at the same time and mixing them together in a way that i personally...
  • Maria
    Que livro fantástico. AdoreiOpinião completa:
  • Wendy
    In The Midst Of Winter is written by Isabel Allende, a gifted storyteller.There are three main characters in this novel. Richard is a 60 year old professor, Lucia is a visiting professor from Chile,living in Richard's Brooklyn basement apartment, and Evelyn is a Guatemalan refugee working as a caregiver for a young boy with cerebral palsy. Brooklyn is blasted by a freak winter storm which leads Richard to rear-end Evelyn's vehicle, causing them t...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    With this book, Isabel Allende returns to subject matter that made her reputation as a premier storyteller. Invoking elements of magic realism into a powerful story of political terrorism. The title In the Midst of Winter holds a double meaning. The action of the present day which forms the framework, takes place during the Snowzilla called Jonas in January, 2016, but it also refers to the promise of summer in an ice bound land of old age. Richar...
  • Nancy
    In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.—Albert CamusIn the middle of a blizzard, Richard is moved to shed his twenty-five year long isolation and dares to love again, guided by Lucia, who has lost everything several times but still takes a chance on love. What brings them together is Evelyn, an undocumented alien, the loving caretaker of a boy with Cerebral Palsy whose parents' toxic relationship and troubled...
  • Bam
    “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” Albert CamusAt the heart of this novel is a love story between two wounded and world-weary people in the winter of their lives. A traffic accident is the catalyst that sets this in motion as the t...
  • Marisa Sauco
    Tres personajes diferentes, unidos por una situación excepcional, casi tragicómica. Una novela que tiene todos los condimentos característicos de las historias de esta autora. Amor. Humor. Amistad. Madurez. Ironía. Crítica social y política. Emoción. Realismo mágico. Espiritualidad. Esta escritora me puede. Siempre.
  • Lesincele Viaja gracias a los libros
    Hacía ya varios años que no leía nada de Isabel Allende y he disfrutado mucho de volver a ella. Es una historia de un asesinato pero narrado todo de una forma muy pausada e intercalada con el pasado de cada uno de los personajes. Una historia diferente que habla de varios temas de inmigración o de la vida conyugal.
  • Joanne Freitas
    Um romance super querido que envolve um mulher e um homem de sessenta anos que já passaram por muitos desafios na vida e um rapariga nova que sofreu
  • Karen
    I received this from in exchange for a review. Evelyn, Richard and Lucia are brought together during a snow storm in this story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.The past sequences were rather long, with deep measures of political history. I better liked the current time-line of Richard and Lucia. This book just didn't capture my imagination and interests.2☆
  • Kike
    Una bella historia sobre amistad y solidaridad. Retrata perfectamente como los seres humanos podemos olvidarnos de nuestras diferencias para ayudarnos y aunque la historia le falta la potencia de otras de Isabel Allende, no deja de estar muy bien escrita.
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. “In the Midst of Winter” is the newest novel by the great Isabel Allende. In this novel, a minor traffic accident brings together three people from different walks of life. When a 60 year old human rights scholar, Richard, hits the car of a young, undocumented Guatemalan woman named Evelyn, both parties are equally stunned but unhu...
  • Maria Roxana
    ”-Și în toiul iernii am aflat în sfârșit că port în mine o vară de neînvins.-Asta ți-a venit așa, pe loc?-Nu. Așa a spus Albert Camus.”O poveste de iarnă despre solidaritate, plină de suspans și aventură.O lectură perfectă de weekend. :)
  • Ron Charles
    The emotional range of Isabel Allende’s new novel is stretched so wide that it’s a miracle the book’s spine doesn’t break. We’re used to dark comedies, the ironic mingling of humor and despair, but “In the Midst of Winter” is a light tragedy, an off-kilter mix of sweetness and bleakness held together only by Allende’s dulcet voice.The title comes from a line by Camus, who knew something about the oscillations of joy and sadness hi...
  • Sarah saied
    وفي ليلة من ليالي الشتاء الطويلة..واحده من تلك الليالي التي تملأ القلب بالحزن والوحشة. لا نأتنس سوي بصوت فيروز وقلم ايزابيل الليندي. فيسكن القلب.في حضرة ايزابيل من جديد..** أتحبني ياريتشارد ؟!* ما رأيك أنت.** إنك تعبدني ولا تجد تفسيرا كيف أمكن لك أن تعي...