In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accidentâwhich becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmasterâa 60-year-old human rights scholarâhits the car of Evelyn Ortegaâa young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemalaâin the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professorâs house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Marazâa 62-year-old lecturer from Chileâfor her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia.
Exploring the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, the book recalls Allendeâs landmark novel The House of the Spirits in the way it embraces the cause of âhumanity, and it does so with passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politicsâ (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post). In the Midst of Winter will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
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