Isabel Allende’s “In the Midst of Winter”

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Guest: Isabel Allende

Novelist ISABEL ALLENDE has written a new book, In the Midst of Winter, about an enduring loveThe story begins in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn when Richard Bowmaster, 60-year-old human rights scholar, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala. This minor accident takes a more dramatic turn when Evelyn shows up at Richard’s house needing help. Richard turns to his tenant, Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. In this hour, Mary Cummings-Jordan talks with Allende about her new novel, which moves from present day Brooklyn and Guatemala to 1970s Chile and Brazil, and about the themes of human rights and immigration that run through it.

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