An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York Citys famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennons assassinationIts 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. Antons 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 Buddys 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 fathers professional and spiritual reinvention, the more he questions his own path, and fissu...
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The Dakota Winters Reviews
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 remember some of his short stories that evoked the same emotions. What I felt was less successful was the personalized interaction with John Lennon and his son Sean (Yoko mostly offstage), and the Ted Kennedys. The s ...more
"There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends I still can recall . . ."
-- John Lennon, "In My Life" (The Beatles' Rubber Soul, 1965)
Tom Barbash's The Dakota Winters is a nice historical fiction / fictional biography mash-up about a young man that really succeeds in capturing a certain time and place, that being the American cultural atmosphere during calend ...more
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 of the story and it’s through his eyes we see events leading up to the day of the shooting. He is the son of Buddy Winter who was a famous talk show host and who is now attempting a come back. For a man now surrounded by fame a ...more
I usually enjoy historical fiction but this was a bore. To be successful, a good writer of historical fiction has to give you enough details to set the time and place. But this just was a long series of celebrity name-dropping and working historical facts into odd conversations. A walk down the street turns into a entire page about what schools were good and which weren't in 1908 NYC. Who cares?
The premise had possibilities but the characters are too shallow. They wander from one historical eve ...more
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 famous Dakota and its famous residents - but I didn’t feel it was fully used. This gets points for the narration on the audiobook, where a lot of the impersonations were pretty good. 2.5⭐ ...more
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 off the set of his show one night and out of a job. Anton’s mother was an actress and spends much of her time helping Joan Kennedy with Ted Kennedy’s Presidential race. Brother Kip plays tennis and his sister, Rache ...more
Bored with this whole story. Didn't finish it.
On to better ones
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 Suburbia, another bildungsroman from a completely different perspective.