The Dakota Winters: A Novel

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Author: Barbash, Tom

Brand: Ecco Press

Edition: Unabridged

Format: Unabridged

Number Of Pages: 336

Release Date: 04-12-2018

Details: Product Description An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City’s famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination It’s the fall of 1979 in New York City when twenty-three-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota. Anton’s father, the famous late-night host Buddy Winter, is there to greet him, himself recovering from a breakdown. Before long, Anton is swept up in an effort to reignite Buddy’s stalled career, a mission that takes him from the gritty streets of New York, to the slopes of the Lake Placid Olympics, to the Hollywood Hills, to the blue waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and brings him into close quarters with the likes of Johnny Carson, Ted and Joan Kennedy, and a seagoing John Lennon. But the more Anton finds himself enmeshed in his father’s professional and spiritual reinvention, the more he questions his own path, and fissures in the Winter family begin to threaten their close bond. By turns hilarious and poignant, The Dakota Winters is a family saga, a page-turning social novel, and a tale of a critical moment in the history of New York City and the country at large. Amazon.com Review Anyone who has ever lived in New York knows that New York is ever changing. But there are periods that stand out in the imagination, and the late 70s/early 80s of Tom Barbash’s The Dakota Winters is one of them. It was a tough city, with rampant poverty, drugs, crime, and grime, but it was also a vibrant, creative, non-corporate place of creative ambition. So there’s a lot of warm nostalgia in this novel, and that’s not even mentioning the famous celebrities who find their way into the story. The Dakota in The Dakota Winters is the famous upper West Side building where John Lennon lived (he is in the novel). The Winters are a family that resides in the Dakota. Buddy Winter, the patriarch of the family, is a well-known talk show host who suffered a nervous breakdown several years ago (he’s fictional, don’t look him up). His son, Anton, who contracted malaria while on a post-college tour in the Peace Corps, has returned to secure his own small apartment in the Dakota and figure out where to go from there. The drama in this story begins when Buddy asks his son to help him get back on his professional feet. Set in and around New York, up in Lake Placid during those Olympics, and venturing as far as Bermuda, The Dakota Winters is warm and entertaining, very sharp in its observations, and feels a little itself like a novel from another era. –Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review Review “Excellent…. At its heart, this is a story about family bonds and a pivotal time in New York.” (Rolling Stone) “Arresting…. Barbash has vividly captured the end times feeling of this period in America and has populated his sad and funny tale with a highly engaging mix of real people and fictional characters…. Barbash has sprinkled ‘The Dakota Winters’ with Beatle dust. Lennon is alive in its pages.” ( New York Times Book Review) “Set in Manhattan in the late 1970s, this charming coming-of-age tale is sure to be catnip for pop-culture mavens.... Gossipy, nostalgic gold.” ( People) “A keen and understated examination of how the vagaries of celebrity life impinge on a father-son relationship.” ( Minneapolis Star Tribune) “In this family saga set in 1980 in New York City’s Dakota building, a young man tries to help his father revive his TV career while mingling with famous folks like John Lennon.” ( USA Today) “Punctuated by clever dialogue and crisp social critiques, Barbash’s incisive, funny, and poignant portrait of talented people and a city in flux illuminates the risks of celebrity and the struggle to become one’s true self.” ( Booklist (starred review)) “A beautiful, evocative novel of family devotion, celebrity, downfall, and survival, framed by the political and

EAN: 9780062258199

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

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