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In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
  

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November 2017 Book of the Month

From present-day Brooklyn and Guatemala, to the turbulence of 1970s Brazil and Chile, this stunning novel from the ever-satisfying, ever-surprising Allende is a triumph of storytelling, and a timely exposition of the plight of immigrants and refugees.

Chilean Lucie has been invited by an associate, Richard, to teach Latin American and Caribbean Studies in Brooklyn. At the age of 62, Lucie “intended to enjoy her remaining years of good health... She wanted to live abroad”. But, while Lucie made this move with fire in her belly, and a longing for love in her heart, her flames of hope are somewhat dampened when it becomes clear that neurotic Richard has no interest in romance. But life has a habit of conjuring up the unexpected, which is what happens when Richard is involved in a car collision with a young Guatemalan woman. Nervous, stammering, and unquestionably traumatised, Evelyn reappears on his doorstep late at night. From that moment, three lives become inextricably linked as Lucie, Richard and Evelyn embark on a road-trip to deal with the unexpected cargo in the trunk of Evelyn’s car, sharing their harrowing stories with open honesty along the way.

Novelists are often advised to show, not tell, but Allende breaks this “rule” of writing with characteristic brilliance. She tells the life stories of her three captivating protagonists with incisive, involving detail. Their personal histories wend readers through the tangled politics of Chile and Brazil, and through the excruciating experiences Evelyn endured while growing-up in Guatemala. While salted with stories of tragedy and brutality, this remarkable novel is also spiced with grace, endurance, and the solace that comes from “discovering that lives are often alike and feelings similar”. What’s more, it’s saturated with the glimmering glow of a love that was surely meant to be. ~ Joanne Owen

If you like Isabel Allende you might also like to read books by C S Lewis, Lawrence Hill and Paulo Coelho.

Synopsis

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

**The captivating new novel from the multi-million-bestselling author of The House of the Spirits and The Japanese Lover**New York Times bestseller Isabel Allende returns with a beautifully crafted, multi-generational novel of struggle, endurance and friendship against the odds.

Amid the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, an unexpected love blossoms between two people who thought they were deep in the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his sixties, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young, undocumented migrant from Guatemala, and what at first seems an inconvenience takes an unforeseen and 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. These three are brought together in a mesmerizing story that sweeps from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala to turbulent 1970s Chile and Brazil, and sparks a long-overdue love between Richard and Lucia, who discover within themselves, in the midst of winter, an invincible summer.

Woven with Isabel Allende's trademark humanity, passion and storytelling verve, In the Midst of Winter is a vivid and unforgettable tale.

Praise for Isabel Allende:

`Isabel Allende is a master storyteller. When it comes to love Isabel writes from the heart to the heart and I feel all the richer for having been touched by her' Santa Montefiore

`If Allende's life depended on her narrative gifts, she'd not only survive, but reign' Los Angeles Times

`Isabel Allende is the most romantic of writers and this is a novel of high romance and lush sensuality, unashamedly about the enduring power of love and ending on a note of grace' The Times

`Lush storytelling, with a liberal dusting of South American magical realism and a multi-gener-ational narrative sweep' Financial Times

Reviews

`Enchanting, magnificent. Absolute magic on every level' * Cosmopolitan *

`A gripping and tender tribute to the human heart' * Mail on Sunday *

`Lush storytelling, with a liberal dusting of South American magical realism and a multi-gener-ational narrative sweep' * Financial Times *

`Isabel Allende is the most romantic of writers and this is a novel of high romance and lush sensuality, unashamedly about the enduring power of love and ending on a note of grace' * The Times *

`If Allende's life depended on her narrative gifts, she'd not only survive, but reign' * Los Angeles Times *

`Isabel Allende is a master storyteller. When it comes to love Isabel writes from the heart to the heart and I feel all the richer for having been touched by her Santa Montefiore

About the Author

Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende was born in Chile, and now lives in California. She worked for many years as a journalist before writing the internationally bestselling novel The House of the Spirits. Since then she has published the equally highly-acclaimed Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, The Stories of Eva Luna, ‘The Infinite Plan and ‘Paula.

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Publication date

2nd November 2017

Author

Isabel Allende

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www.isabelallende.com/

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Publisher

Scribner UK an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471166884

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