Isabel Allende’s history with Seattle began with a dress. It looked like a butterfly, she lovingly remembered, and she flew all the way back to the city to try it on. “And I looked terrible. I looked like an extra in the Cirque du Soleil,” she laughed. She brought that sense of humor back to Seattle for a conversation with Bill Radke following the publication of her latest book, In the Midst of Winter.
The novel centers on three characters: Chilean writer and researcher Lucia, NYU professor Richard, and Guatemalan refugee Evelyn. The three are thrown together by a terrible snowstorm and a desperate crime. Each character is carrying their own trauma. And through their interactions with each other, each of them begins to heal.