The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver Paperback Book

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Author: Barbara Kingsolver

Narrator: Barbara Kingsolver

Format: Unabridged-CD, Paperback

Publisher: HarperAudio

Published: Nov 2009

Genre: Fiction - General

Retail Price: $44.99

Synopsis

From the Mexico City of Frida Kahlo to the America of J. Edgar Hoover, The Lacuna tells the poignant story of a man pulled between two nations.

Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

Meanwhile, the United States has embraced the internationalist goodwill of World War II. Back in the land of his birth, Shepherd seeks to remake himself in America's hopeful image and claim a voice of his own. But political winds continue to toss him between north and south in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach—the lacuna—between truth and public presumption.

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Reviews

BookLender review by Natalie on 2010-02-16 12:29:34

Kingsolver is a master at writing emotionally engaging stories with characters you come to love while mixing in a background of interesting historical information. The history/science was always secondary to the story so you wound up learning whilst being engaged by the story the characters told. This was the first book that I felt focused on the history of the time and less on the characters. If you are a historical fiction buff and are interested in this particular time in history I think she did a brilliant job. I'm not, so I wasn't able to finish the book.