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In the Midst of Winter

Isabel Allende

Professor Richard Bowmaster lives upstairs from his Chilean co-worker Lucia Maraz. The two have developed a friendship, so when Evelyn shows up at his doorstep in a panic and he turns to Lucia for help interpreting. Evelyn is an undocumented Guatemalan nanny with a violent boss. Richard re-ends Evelyn while she's driving her boss's Lexus that holds a body in the trunk, and now the latch is broken and Evelyn is terrified. After hearing the horrors Evelyn has already endured, Lucia and Richard decide to help.