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The Dakota Winters

The Dakota Winters 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 assassinationIt s the fall of

  • Title: The Dakota Winters
  • Author: Tom Barbash
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 assassinationIt 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 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 assassinationIt 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 Anton finds himself enmeshed in his father s professional and spiritual reinvention, the 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcove

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    About "Tom Barbash"

    1. Tom Barbash

      Tom Barbash is the author of the award winning novel The Last Good Chance and the non fiction book On Top of the World Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9 11 A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller His stories and articles have been published in Tin House, McSweeney s, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public R Tom Barbash is the author of the award winning novel The Last Good Chance and the non fiction book On Top of the World Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9 11 A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller His stories and articles have been published in Tin House, McSweeney s, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio s Selected Shorts series He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts He grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and now lives in Marin County, California

    263 Comments

    1. 3.5 stars.Imagine what it must be like to have a famous father, and to play a role in his fame Imagine what it s like to be so enmeshed in his situation that you re not sure where his path ends and yours begins, or how to separate the two That describes Anton Winter s life pretty perfectly His father, Buddy, was a famous late night talk show host, and for years Anton, his mother, and his siblings played parts in many of the sketches his father did.As Anton got older, he played a crucial 3.5 star [...]


    2. Anton Winter has just returned to New York, at the beginning of this novel He has been in Africa, with the Peace Corps, but a bout of malaria has left him needing to recuperate Anton s father, Buddy, is a late night chat show host, who is recovering from a break down, after walking off the set of his show one night and out of a job Anton s mother was an actress and spends much of her time helping Joan Kennedy with Ted Kennedy s Presidential race Brother Kip plays tennis and his sister, Rache Ant [...]


    3. I may need to give up on historical fiction I think it just isn t for me The Dakota Winters has a synopsis that caught my attention, but I struggled to maintain focus It s very slow paced with a lot of chatting and name dropping I think that this would be a good fit for the right reader I was expecting drama, and it s lacking in that area If you re a historical fiction fan, and are particularly interested in New York in the 70s, check this one out.


    4. I was just little over a year old when John Lennon was killed, and writing this review is it just days after the 38 anniversary of his death And, this story was extra poignant when you think about how much John Lennon had left to give when his life was cut short This is a fictional story, but Tom Barbash writes in a way that makes it all feel real Like Anton, his father Buddy and the rest of the family really existed Cudos to Barbash to make fictional characters come to life.I loved reading I wa [...]


    5. Very mediocre book The narrator seems to just be an observer throughout this story of second chances and comeback attempts Unfortunately, it often seemed that the author didn t quite know what he wanted the story to ultimately be about There was a rich opportunity here the famous Dakota and its famous residents but I didn t feel it was fully used This gets points for the narration on the audiobook, where a lot of the impersonations were pretty good 2.5 Very mediocre book The narrator seems to ju [...]


    6. This is one of my least favorite genres, fictionalized biography However, I have a special affection for the time span, 1979 80, particularly since I spent much time then in NYC, in love with the worn glamor of the upper west side Tom Barbash writes well of that era, that place I remember some of his short stories that evoked the same emotions What I felt was less successful was the personalized interaction with John Lennon and his son Sean Yoko mostly offstage , and the Ted Kennedys The s This [...]


    7. Please please me, oh yeah There was an unwritten code in the Dakota that you made nothing of people s celebrity and you treated everyone simply as neighbours, and for the most part we did Not, as you might suppose, a bleak seasonal tale set in the American Midwest but the story of the Winter family living in Manhattan s fabled Dakota building in the mid seventies The Dakota was home to John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1979, the year before Lennon was killed, and the inevitable outcome of this [...]


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