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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 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. 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 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 pause-resisting social novel, and a tale of a critical moment in the history of New York City and the country at large.

©2018 Tom Barbash (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Aileen
  • Stony brook,N.y.
  • 12-13-18

Wonderful reading,love John Lennon as a character

Such a delightful creative read i just purchased his other two books. If you lived through the 70s in MY you will get goosebumps.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • DFW
  • South MS
  • 12-29-18

Forgot that it is a work of fiction!

This one reads like a bio. So much that I forgot that much of this is not fact. It's very entertaining and I even had to google Buddy Winters just to make sure that there wasn't really such a person.

Good going, Tom Barbash. Loved it!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Aileen
  • Stony brook,N.y.
  • 12-13-18

Wonderful reading,love John Lennon as a character

Such a delightful creative read i just purchased his other two books. If you lived through the 70s in MY you will get goosebumps.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • DFW
  • South MS
  • 12-29-18

Forgot that it is a work of fiction!

This one reads like a bio. So much that I forgot that much of this is not fact. It's very entertaining and I even had to google Buddy Winters just to make sure that there wasn't really such a person.

Good going, Tom Barbash. Loved it!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Aileen
  • Stony brook,N.y.
  • 12-13-18

Wonderful reading,love John Lennon as a character

Such a delightful creative read i just purchased his other two books. If you lived through the 70s in MY you will get goosebumps.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • DFW
  • South MS
  • 12-29-18

Forgot that it is a work of fiction!

This one reads like a bio. So much that I forgot that much of this is not fact. It's very entertaining and I even had to google Buddy Winters just to make sure that there wasn't really such a person.

Good going, Tom Barbash. Loved it!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful