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
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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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Thoroughly enjoyable read. Captures much of a certain time and place. ...

    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...

    It is 1979. New York is changing. Anton Winters returns to New York from a stint with the Peace Corps. He has nearly died from Malaria. His dad, talk show host and raconteur Buddy Winters, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Anton has long been his dad's wingman, and Buddy needs hi...

    The Dakota in New York City is a magical place and for Anton Winter it is home. After narrowly escaping death from a stint in Africa with the Peace Corp Anton returns to his childhood home and the crazy goings-on of his family and other inhabitants of the Dakota. Superbly crafted, Tom...

    I loved being transported back to the New York of the 1970s in this nostalgic, well-written novel. Anton, the 23-year-old narrator and son of a famous late-night talk show host, Buddy Winter, has recently returned from the Peace Corps and is recovering from malaria. As he passes the ti...

    A funny, touching, family-oriented recent-past novel, set in New York City in 1980. That was the year I moved to NYC myself, lived in the general neighborhood, shopped at the same stores, ate at some of the same restaurants, etc. Very nostalgic on many levels, and a highly entertaining...

    I was given this historical novel because the New York City setting seemed like it would be interesting. It's set in 1980 NYC and weaves together real figures (primarily John Lennon) with fictional figures, primarily a young man, a recent college graduate who had contracted malaria in ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Thoroughly enjoyable read. Captures much of a certain time and place. ...

    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...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Dec 08, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Jill
    Dec 20, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Patty Shlonsky
    Oct 29, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • Kim McGee
    Oct 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Thoroughly enjoyable read. Captures much of a certain time and place. ...

    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...

    It is 1979. New York is changing. Anton Winters returns to New York from a stint with the Peace Corps. He has nearly died from Malaria. His dad, talk show host and raconteur Buddy Winters, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Anton has long been his dad's wingman, and Buddy needs hi...

    The Dakota in New York City is a magical place and for Anton Winter it is home. After narrowly escaping death from a stint in Africa with the Peace Corp Anton returns to his childhood home and the crazy goings-on of his family and other inhabitants of the Dakota. Superbly crafted, Tom...

  • Sarah
    Aug 14, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

  • Toto
    Dec 21, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Thoroughly enjoyable read. Captures much of a certain time and place. ...

    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...

    It is 1979. New York is changing. Anton Winters returns to New York from a stint with the Peace Corps. He has nearly died from Malaria. His dad, talk show host and raconteur Buddy Winters, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Anton has long been his dad's wingman, and Buddy needs hi...

    The Dakota in New York City is a magical place and for Anton Winter it is home. After narrowly escaping death from a stint in Africa with the Peace Corp Anton returns to his childhood home and the crazy goings-on of his family and other inhabitants of the Dakota. Superbly crafted, Tom...

    I loved being transported back to the New York of the 1970s in this nostalgic, well-written novel. Anton, the 23-year-old narrator and son of a famous late-night talk show host, Buddy Winter, has recently returned from the Peace Corps and is recovering from malaria. As he passes the ti...

    A funny, touching, family-oriented recent-past novel, set in New York City in 1980. That was the year I moved to NYC myself, lived in the general neighborhood, shopped at the same stores, ate at some of the same restaurants, etc. Very nostalgic on many levels, and a highly entertaining...

    I was given this historical novel because the New York City setting seemed like it would be interesting. It's set in 1980 NYC and weaves together real figures (primarily John Lennon) with fictional figures, primarily a young man, a recent college graduate who had contracted malaria in ...

    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...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

  • Emily
    Nov 15, 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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Benzilneurosurg
    Dec 31, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Thoroughly enjoyable read. Captures much of a certain time and place. ...

  • Gary
    Jan 02, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Laura
    Jan 06, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Thoroughly enjoyable read. Captures much of a certain time and place. ...

    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...

    It is 1979. New York is changing. Anton Winters returns to New York from a stint with the Peace Corps. He has nearly died from Malaria. His dad, talk show host and raconteur Buddy Winters, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Anton has long been his dad's wingman, and Buddy needs hi...

    The Dakota in New York City is a magical place and for Anton Winter it is home. After narrowly escaping death from a stint in Africa with the Peace Corp Anton returns to his childhood home and the crazy goings-on of his family and other inhabitants of the Dakota. Superbly crafted, Tom...

    I loved being transported back to the New York of the 1970s in this nostalgic, well-written novel. Anton, the 23-year-old narrator and son of a famous late-night talk show host, Buddy Winter, has recently returned from the Peace Corps and is recovering from malaria. As he passes the ti...

    A funny, touching, family-oriented recent-past novel, set in New York City in 1980. That was the year I moved to NYC myself, lived in the general neighborhood, shopped at the same stores, ate at some of the same restaurants, etc. Very nostalgic on many levels, and a highly entertaining...

    I was given this historical novel because the New York City setting seemed like it would be interesting. It's set in 1980 NYC and weaves together real figures (primarily John Lennon) with fictional figures, primarily a young man, a recent college graduate who had contracted malaria in ...

  • Tripfiction
    Dec 25, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

  • Carolyn Wood
    Dec 27, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Thoroughly enjoyable read. Captures much of a certain time and place. ...

    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...

    It is 1979. New York is changing. Anton Winters returns to New York from a stint with the Peace Corps. He has nearly died from Malaria. His dad, talk show host and raconteur Buddy Winters, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Anton has long been his dad's wingman, and Buddy needs hi...

    The Dakota in New York City is a magical place and for Anton Winter it is home. After narrowly escaping death from a stint in Africa with the Peace Corp Anton returns to his childhood home and the crazy goings-on of his family and other inhabitants of the Dakota. Superbly crafted, Tom...

    I loved being transported back to the New York of the 1970s in this nostalgic, well-written novel. Anton, the 23-year-old narrator and son of a famous late-night talk show host, Buddy Winter, has recently returned from the Peace Corps and is recovering from malaria. As he passes the ti...

    A funny, touching, family-oriented recent-past novel, set in New York City in 1980. That was the year I moved to NYC myself, lived in the general neighborhood, shopped at the same stores, ate at some of the same restaurants, etc. Very nostalgic on many levels, and a highly entertaining...

    I was given this historical novel because the New York City setting seemed like it would be interesting. It's set in 1980 NYC and weaves together real figures (primarily John Lennon) with fictional figures, primarily a young man, a recent college graduate who had contracted malaria in ...

    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...

    A quick, absorbing read at first, and utterly devoid of any significance in the end. Could have been a vapid Vanity Fair article about a tv talk show host in the 1980s living the famed NY apartment complex the Dakota, with its most famous occupant John Lennon and that Yoko in the backg...

    The book takes place in Manhattan in 1980. The protagonist lives with his family, the Winters, in the Dakota, where John Lennon and Yoko lived. His father was a talk show host who had a breakdown on the air and then disappeared for awhile and is now back wanting to be on television aga...

  • Melissa
    Dec 29, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Marcia Miller
    Jan 13, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Thoroughly enjoyable read. Captures much of a certain time and place. ...

    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...

    It is 1979. New York is changing. Anton Winters returns to New York from a stint with the Peace Corps. He has nearly died from Malaria. His dad, talk show host and raconteur Buddy Winters, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Anton has long been his dad's wingman, and Buddy needs hi...

    The Dakota in New York City is a magical place and for Anton Winter it is home. After narrowly escaping death from a stint in Africa with the Peace Corp Anton returns to his childhood home and the crazy goings-on of his family and other inhabitants of the Dakota. Superbly crafted, Tom...

    I loved being transported back to the New York of the 1970s in this nostalgic, well-written novel. Anton, the 23-year-old narrator and son of a famous late-night talk show host, Buddy Winter, has recently returned from the Peace Corps and is recovering from malaria. As he passes the ti...

    A funny, touching, family-oriented recent-past novel, set in New York City in 1980. That was the year I moved to NYC myself, lived in the general neighborhood, shopped at the same stores, ate at some of the same restaurants, etc. Very nostalgic on many levels, and a highly entertaining...

  • kglibrarian
    Sep 26, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Thoroughly enjoyable read. Captures much of a certain time and place. ...

    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...

    It is 1979. New York is changing. Anton Winters returns to New York from a stint with the Peace Corps. He has nearly died from Malaria. His dad, talk show host and raconteur Buddy Winters, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Anton has long been his dad's wingman, and Buddy needs hi...

    The Dakota in New York City is a magical place and for Anton Winter it is home. After narrowly escaping death from a stint in Africa with the Peace Corp Anton returns to his childhood home and the crazy goings-on of his family and other inhabitants of the Dakota. Superbly crafted, Tom...

    I loved being transported back to the New York of the 1970s in this nostalgic, well-written novel. Anton, the 23-year-old narrator and son of a famous late-night talk show host, Buddy Winter, has recently returned from the Peace Corps and is recovering from malaria. As he passes the ti...

  • Amy
    Nov 13, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Sam
    Sep 05, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Thoroughly enjoyable read. Captures much of a certain time and place. ...

    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...

    It is 1979. New York is changing. Anton Winters returns to New York from a stint with the Peace Corps. He has nearly died from Malaria. His dad, talk show host and raconteur Buddy Winters, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Anton has long been his dad's wingman, and Buddy needs hi...