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In the Midst of Winter

by Isabel Allende

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In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
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    Oct 2017, 352 pages
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    Sep 2018, 352 pages

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Natalie Vaynberg

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A sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story, journeying from present-day Brooklyn, to Guatemala in the recent past, to 1970s Chile and Brazil.

When you are familiar with an author, picking up their new book comes with many expectations – you hope to find the same flow and style, similar themes, and characters that remind you of your old favorites. Isabel Allende is a seasoned author and has a rich collection of works on which to build those expectations. Although In the Midst of Winter is a charming tale, it does not hit, unfortunately, quite the same highs as Allende's earlier works.

Set in present-day Brooklyn, the story follows an unexpected trio – Richard, an aging academic determined to avoid personal entanglements; Lucia, a vibrant émigré from Chile on a quest to live her life to the fullest; and Evelyn, a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala with a job that has proven to be more dangerous than she imagined. Finding themselves irrevocably linked by an act of violence, Richard and Lucia...

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