It is the worst storm the east coast has seen in decades. Richard, a professor at NYU, Lucia a Chilean who also teaches at NYU and Evelyn an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, must travel through the blinding, slippery snow to rural upstate New York to dispose of a body they found in Evelyn’s employer’s car. If the premise of In the Midst of Winter sounds a bit far-fetched, that’s because it is! How they get together, how two of them fall in love, and what happens before, during and after they get rid of the dead woman, is too unbelievable for me. It seems as if Allende wanted to tell a story about the plight of South and Central American immigrants and built a rather flimsy plot around it.