“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” This quote by Albert Camus was the inspiration for Chilean-American author, Isabel Allende’s latest book, In the Midst of Winter.
Allende, who’s novels include “The House of the Spirits” and “City of the Beasts,” joined our Roxanne Coady at a live event hosted by RJ Julia to chat about her latest work, a mad-cap caper that brings together Evelyn, a young undocumented Guatemalan woman, Lucia, a 62 year old exile from Chile and Richard, a 60 year old human rights scholar. Roxanne explains, “along the way we learn about the Injustice of immigration laws, human trafficking, the terror of militants, yet all imbued with stories of resilience, friendship and love.”
Isabel and Roxanne cover many topics including, how her grandparents impacted her life growing up, democracy in Chile after 17 years of dictatorship and finding “mature love” in her 70s. Talking about her new love, Allende says “he is moving to my house in December with his clothes and a bike That’s all I accept in the house.”
And in case you missed it, Roxanne gives you the titles of the 2017 National Book Award winners!
Books in this episode:
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward