In the Midst of Winter

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the largest snowstorms in New York has linked the lives of Richard, Lucia, and Evelyn. The evening has started with a minor car accident and twelve hours later the trio was on the road that bonded their lives forever. During the trip, new friends began to share the stories of their past lives, secrets, and fears. Richard has lost his two children and a wife. Lucia lived many years in exile, only to come back to Chile and continue to fight, this time for her marriage and health. And finally, Evelyn, a young girl who escaped death twice, came to American in hopes of a better future.

Despite the dreadful stories of the characters, I enjoyed Isabel Allende’s writing, she didn’t sugarcoat the brutality of either Chile and Guatemala, instead, she highlighted all the horrors and violence of everyday life. The novel also sheds the light on the military dictatorship of Chile that took place in the 70s-80s, human trafficking, illegal immigration.

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