Tom Barbash’s dark and humorous second novel takes a risk by combining invented and real characters. I feared nagging doubts about what was ‘true’. However, it absolutely succeeds.... British readers may not recognise all the sports and media personalities with bit parts, but this is a minor quibble about a thoroughly enjoyable book. Barbash’s short story collection, Stay Up With Me (2013) depicted the quiet, often sad dramas of ‘ordinary’ people; The Dakota Winters illuminates the transience and tragedies of those who achieve fame.
Loafing around Central Park, Anton Winter at his best can keep Holden Caulfield company with his witty, tragicomic story that’s richly observed and though-provoking long after you finish. In creating his confessional story of a famous father's son and his lucky chance to become Lennon's friend, Tom Barbash lets Buddy’s son 'out Buddy’ Buddy, finding emotional frankness with a captive audience of perfect strangers. It’s not to be missed.