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 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. An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City?s famed Dakota ap...

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Title:The Dakota Winters
Author:Tom Barbash
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Dakota Winters
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:324 pages pages

The Dakota Winters Reviews

  • Red Fields
    Jan 05, 2019
    I was 22 and living in Manhattan to the protagonist?s 23. I lived in one of the teeny studios mentioned in the book as opposed to the Dakota. It was a nice visit down memory lane, but a very slim story. ...
  • Beth
    Jul 15, 2018
    Unexpectedly lovely. This snagged me because of the narrator's voice--it read almost like memoir. For some reason it kept reminding me of Ward Just's An Unfinished Season, even though I read that book ages ago and hardly remember it. It also paired bizarrely well with The Buddha of Sub...
  • Sonia Reppe
    Dec 30, 2018
    New York City, 1980. Anton, 23, is the 1st-person narrator looking back on one year, "a year of comebacks," in which he comes back from the peace corps, recovering from malaria while his father recovers from a breakdown, and they together try to revive his father's career as a TV perso...
  • Jill Waldman
    Jan 17, 2019
    I've been really struggling to describe why I hated this book. I got it in a Secret Santa scenario, and the cover keeps fooling me into thinking it's the Emperor's Children. I've read like 5 books with this cover wanting it to be The Emperor's Children. It's not. Which is really unfair...
  • Kathleen
    Dec 21, 2018
    Utterly disappointing. This book could have been so much more. Buddy Winters was a complete loser. Then much time is wasted on being on a sea voyage with John Lennon. The beginning of the book was interesting. I would have enjoyed far more detail on the Dakota, perhaps something happen...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jan 19, 2019
    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 famou...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Dec 08, 2018
    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 s...
  • Kelly
    Jan 21, 2019
    What an awful book about drivel. I could care less about all the stars that traisped through this book and who they new and why and how they were going to get Buddy Winters back on TV. I read 100 pages and it was awful. I had to put the book down it was not getting better or more inter...
  • Jill
    Dec 20, 2018
    Halfway through The Dakota Winters, I stopped momentarily and asked myself: what is the key story here? Is it the story of the narrator Anton, who is in danger of being overshadowed by his charismatic and damaged by his late-night talk show host father, Buddy Winters? Or is it a homage...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Dec 24, 2018
    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 re...
  • Larry
    Feb 08, 2019
    'The Dakota Winters" is a disarmingly artful novel about fame, success, failure, the price of filial devotion, friendship, and personal confusion. The Dakota is a famous apartment building on New York City's West Side (the exterior from "Rosemary's Baby") and Winter is the name of the ...
  • Patty Shlonsky
    Oct 29, 2018
    ?The Dakota Winters? is a story of historical fame and privilege, told through the eyes of Anton Winter. Anton is the son of Buddy Winter, a famous talk show host who is attempting a comeback after having a breakdown on his own show and simply walking out. The Winter family lives i...
  • Gary Branson
    Dec 17, 2018
    Really enjoyed up to the non-existent ending. At times there needed to be a better setup for scenes that were heavy on the dialog. ...
  • Sarah
    Aug 14, 2018
    Anton Winter is the son of a chat show host who has had a spectacular, and very public, breakdown. He narrates the tale of his father rehabilitation alongside that of the Dakota building's most famous resident, John Lennon. Both men are taking a break from their public personas and are...
  • Heather Mize
    Jan 05, 2019
    This book wasn?t perfect, but it gets the rare 5 stars because it was completely engrossing. There is something a little Catcher in the Rye-ish, except the narrator and main character Anton is older, but still rudderless and anxiety filled. He struggles with being in the shadow of hi...
  • Susan
    Nov 12, 2018
    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...
  • Larry H
    Dec 24, 2018
    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 pr...
  • Emily
    Nov 15, 2018
    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 ri...
  • Chris Roberts
    Dec 06, 2018
    The whole of verbalized human interaction, is a redundancy of self-predicated absurdity, constantly articulated, time-time, again-again. What 1979? NYC, 1977, crazier summer blackout, Son of Sam, graffiti tagged subway trains, get mugged, repeat, Studio 54, cocaine. ...
  • SueKich
    Dec 02, 2018
    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 t...
  • Gary
    Jan 02, 2019
    Despite what you may think, this is not a tale about hard times on the prairies. The Dakota of the title is the famous Dakota apartment building in New York where celebrities such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono live. The Winters refer to the family of a fictitious celebrity talk show show...
  • Tripfiction
    Dec 25, 2018
    Novel set in and around the Dakota Building NEW YORK 1980 Tom Barbash?s latest novel focuses on a difficult period for the Winters, a family who live in the Dakota, an apartment block in Upper West Side, New York ? hence the title. The Dakota, famously the setting for the...
  • Thebooktrail
    Jan 20, 2019
    Visit the locations in the novel - NYC The Dakota Winters is a story of the residents of the famous Dakota building in New York. This of course was the very spot where John Lennon and Yoko lived and where he ultimately died in a tragic shooting. Anton Winter is the narrator o...
  • Zoe Faucher
    Jan 20, 2019
    This book brought back so many memories like The War Of The Roses by Warren Adler , The Executioners Song by Norman Mailer outstanding book and movie ( wich you can watch for free on utube) , Ali and Holmes , and some not so good memories,The killing of John Lennon , The American priso...
  • Melissa
    Dec 29, 2018
    4.5 Stars. Having been born only 3 weeks before John Lennon was shot and killed in front of the Dakota, most of the cultural references in the book were lost to me, and gave me quite an education about the year 1980. A few things, like the birth of 24 hour news and the Iran Hostage Cri...
  • Robert Barto
    Jan 03, 2019
    In reading this book, I realized how much happened in 1980! I remember most of it - - the hostages in Iran, Ted Kennedy running against Jimmy Carter, the "Miracle on the Ice," the Scarsdale Diet doctor murder, and the assassination of John Lennon. Lennon is a character in the novel and...
  • Ethan York
    Jan 28, 2019
    Meh. If putting an exclamation mark after ?meh? would reflect extreme indifference and apathy rather than a confusing expression of excitement to a term meant to reflect a feeling of blandness and indifference, then I?d start by saying ?Meh!!? I read this book based on a revi...
  • Garp
    Feb 01, 2019
    Entertaining book that almost reads like non-fiction. It seems as thought these people existed and interacted with famous people. Well written. ...
  • Amy
    Nov 13, 2018
    A 3.5 rounded up. I really enjoyed The Dakota Winters. Anton Winters, has returned from working at Peace Corps after contracting Malaria. His famous father, Buddy Winters, is keen to revive his career after walking off the set of his own talk show and suffering from a breakdown. The...
  • Bill Buckley
    Feb 02, 2019
    Great story about Buddy Winters, a talk show host who is trying to get another show going. He lives at the Dakota and one of his neighbors is John and Yoko. Anyway it focuses on Buddys son also. I have never heard so many celebrity name dropping as in this book. I was 17 in 1980 and re...