The Dakota Winters: A Novel
Buddy Winter was a popular talk show host from 1968-1978 who walked off the set in the middle of a broadcast and had a nervous breakdown. Stories abounded regarding his recovery and whereabouts, but he made an effort to stay out of the spotlight.
His son Anton returns home to his childhood home, The Dakota, in New York City in winter of 1980 after a Peace Corps mission in which he contracted a nasty case of malaria. He reconnects with his father and embarks on a quest to reanimate Buddy’s career. The adventure is far-reaching and forces Anton to question his own path in life. Fissures deepen in their delicate father-son relationship. Anton must learn to help himself—and live beyond his father’s shadow– while also helping his father to rediscover his purpose.
Barbash does a masterful job transporting his reader to 1980 New York. One can feel the hustle and excitement. The novel touches on themes such as media, pop-culture, and politics. Yet while the story is brimming with big names and important time-period figures, the characters themselves are rather one-dimensional. The father-son relationship could be further fleshed out and the interrelationships more dynamic. The Dakota Winters was on to something great, but I’m not sure it arrived.
|Page Count||336 pages|
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