* In the Midst of Winter touches upon the plights of undocumented immigrants and refugees, human rights, and love in the third act of life. Delving into the past of the three protagonists, Allende explores hopes, dreams, and the need to have a safe place to call home. During their journey to help Evelyn, Richard and Lucia grow closer, sparking a latent love that seemed unimaginable after the tragic loss of his wife and the inevitable end of her previous marriage, proving that love is ageless.
* Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim for The House of the Sprits, published in 1982. The novel became an instant bestseller and made Allende a literary superstar. It was named the Best Novel of the Year in Chile upon its publication and has been translated into over 37 languages. Since then, Allende has written 20 more books, including Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, and Portrait in Sepia.
* Deemed "the world's most widely read Spanish-language author" (Latin American Herald Tribune), Allende was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004. Among numerous other awards, she received Chile's National Literature Prize and was named to the Council of Cervantes Institute. Allende is also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which President Obama awarded to her in 2014.
* Allende's books have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold more than 65 million copies. She has received 14 international honorary doctorates, 50 awards in more than 15 countries, and her works have been adapted into two international movies as well as various plays, musicals, operas, ballets, and radio programs. Latino Leaders Magazine declared Allende a "literary legend" and named her the third most influential Latino leader in the world.