The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash audiobook

The Dakota Winters

By Tom Barbash
Read by Jim Meskimen

Simon & Schuster Audio UK
8.64 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781471183324

By turns hilarious and poignant, The Dakota Winters is a family drama, a compelling social novel, and a tale of a critical moment in the history of New York City in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination. ‘Conjures a gritty, populous, affectionate portrait of 1979 New York City’ Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach It’s the fall of 1979 when 23-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 in New York City. 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. ‘Deft, funny, touching, and sharply observed, a marvel of tone, and a skillful evocation of a dark passage in the history of New York City, when all the fearful ironies of the world we live in now first came stalking into view’ Michael Chabon, author of Moonglow   ‘This is a crazily charming novel … I wanted to begin a new life in these pages, with these characters. I wanted to trade worlds with them. This is a wise and seductive story that feels truer than true, as only the very finest fiction does’ Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air   ‘A thought-provoking time capsule… if you were a fan of TV’s Mad Men, you might very well love this novel as much as I did’ Wally Lamb, author of She’s Come Undone

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

By turns hilarious and poignant, The Dakota Winters is a family drama, a compelling social novel, and a tale of a critical moment in the history of New York City in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination.
‘Conjures a gritty, populous, affectionate portrait of 1979 New York City’ Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach

It’s the fall of 1979 when 23-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 in New York City. 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.

‘Deft, funny, touching, and sharply observed, a marvel of tone, and a skillful evocation of a dark passage in the history of New York City, when all the fearful ironies of the world we live in now first came stalking into view’ Michael Chabon, author of Moonglow
 
‘This is a crazily charming novel … I wanted to begin a new life in these pages, with these characters. I wanted to trade worlds with them. This is a wise and seductive story that feels truer than true, as only the very finest fiction does’ Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air
 
‘A thought-provoking time capsule… if you were a fan of TV’s Mad Men, you might very well love this novel as much as I did’ Wally Lamb, author of She’s Come Undone

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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.’ 
A beautiful, evocative novel of family devotion, celebrity, downfall and survival, framed by the political and cultural upheavals of America on the cusp of a new decade. Irresistibly tender.’ 
‘Seamlessly mingling historical figures with invented ones, Tom Barbash conjures a gritty, populous, affectionate portrait of 1979 New York City: the site of his subtly captivating paean to filial love.’  Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach
‘Deft, funny, touching and sharply observed, a marvel of tone, and a skillful evocation of a dark passage in the history of New York City, when all the fearful ironies of the world we live in now first came stalking into view.’  Michael Chabon, author of Moonglow
‘A thought-provoking time capsule . . . if you were a fan of TV’s Mad Men, you might very well love this novel as much as I did.’   Wally Lamb, author of She’s Come Undone
‘This is a crazily charming novel . . . I wanted to begin a new life in these pages, with these characters. I wanted to trade worlds with them. This is a wise and seductive story that feels truer than true, as only the very finest fiction does.’  Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air
You can practically hear Lennon’s signature cackle, feel the tickle of his ponytailed hair, smell the salt air.’ 
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.’
“Deft, funny, touching, and sharply observed.” Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
Nostalgia for a grittier New York City suffuses this father-son odyssey, set in the year leading up to John Lennon’s murder . . . Funny and keenly observed.’ 
Dark and humourous . . . Thoroughly enjoyable.’
Excellent . . . At its heart, this is a story about family bonds and a pivotal time in New York.’ 
About fathers and sons, the perniciousness of fame and the challenge of second acts . . . Barbash recreates an inviting world. And he observes clearly the human tendency to turn people into idols, only to topple them.’ 
“Pleasurably endearing for anybody with a soft spot for pop culture, Annie Hall–era Manhattan, and twenty-somethingdom at its most freewheeling.” Kirkus Reviews
“Narrator Jim Meskimen impersonates a number of late ’70s-early ’80s celebrities as he recounts this story of the Winters, a family living in the Dakota, the New York apartment building where John Lennon famously lived—and died…[and] he keeps us entertained even as we anticipate the inevitable climax.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Tom Barbash

Author Bio: Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance and the nonfiction book On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller. 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.64
Audience: Adult
Language: English