The Dakota Winters

The Dakota Winters

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062258199
0062258192
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bar
Description: 326 pages ; 24 cm

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Tigard_LisaE Feb 06, 2019

A neighbor of John Lennon's returns early from Peace Corps due to a nearly lethal bout of malaria. Once home in the Upper West Side, he finds himself drawn into his father's (a former talk-show host who infamously broke down on camera) formidable yet charismatic orbit. Anton loves his dad and working in TV, but feels ready to strike out on his own, and his friendship with Lennon helps inspire this revelation. This is one of those books that, like life, has meandering, quiet sections filled with vivid observations and explorations of places, people, and relationships. And then it has fast-paced sections where things happen, hilarious, suspenseful, life-changing things! I liked this book a lot.

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Tigard_SeanG Mar 28, 2019

We ordered two-pound lobsters and hush puppies and buttery corn on the cob. The waitress did a double take and then tried to act normal. She asked if we were locals, and I said we were.
"Where's your accent from?" she asked John.
"Spain," he said.
"I thought it sounded European," she said.
"Some people think it sounds British, that's because I once spent a summer in England," he said. Funny people Englanders. Such funny ways of saying things."
"My uncle lived for a while in England," she said.
"How were his gums?" John asked.
"Can't say."
"Oh, to be a dentist in England."

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