The Lacuna

The Lacuna

A Novel

Book - 2009
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New York Times Bestseller

National Bestseller: Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle (#1), Chicago Tribune (#1), Denver Post (#1), Minneapolis Star-Tribune (#1), Publishers Weekly

Indie Next Bestseller (#1)

Best Book of the Year: New York Times Notable, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Kansas City Star

Prize-winning Author: National Humanities Medal, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Orange Prize for Fiction, Dayton Literary Peace Prize (Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award)

In The Lacuna, her first novel in nine years, Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, tells the story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds--an unforgettable protagonist whose search for identity will take readers to the heart of the twentieth century's most tumultuous events.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060852573
Characteristics: x, 507 p.; 24cm.


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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 19, 2019

I found this a fascinating look at communism in North America. While it wasn't my favorite Kingsolver by any stretch, it was well worth reading. I wanted more Frida Kahlo!

May 23, 2019

Beautifully written, fun and surprising, this book is filled with lyrical descriptions of a boys life, of Mexico and politics. It could've been a bit shorter as around page 400 I started skimming through many of the newspaper clippings and book reviews. It's whimsical ending gave a sense of hopeful satisfaction. I will be looking to read more by this author.

Jul 08, 2017

I almost cannot believe this is a novel as it incorporates so much of true life. Many twists and turn and again this book ends up being so relevant today w/ the topics Kingsolver incorporates. It is enlightening from a historical point of view. Easy to warm up to many of this book's diverse characters. She covers a lot of territory in a compelling manner.

Apr 19, 2017

I enjoyed this book as much as Barbara Kingsolver's other books. Through her characters, we learn so much about life, history, resilience, and values that are too often ignored and trammeled.

Mar 26, 2017

A master story teller at work! Kingsolver sucked me right into the lacuna – the gaps and tunnels – where truth lives, unseen and suppressed. The way this control is rife in the media has always been a favourite rant of mine, so I gobbled up her adamant presentation of this theme in many different scenarios. It has been decades since I’ve skimmed against the topics of Aztec history, the citizens’ war effort of the 1940s, the art and politics of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Stalin vs Trotsky, McCarthy’s purge of innocent citizens during his rabid “un-American activities” era … Kingsolver made this all come alive for me through her fictional protagonist. A great read!

Dec 28, 2015

Complex and masterful. An amazing work from this amazing author.

Nov 26, 2015

Selected for the Logan Central Tuesday Book Club in 2016. For a full list of 2016 selections, see the Logan Central Tuesday Book Club list.

Jun 09, 2015

The Lacuna is a marvellous read. It is also an award winner. Much of the book takes place in Mexico and Diego Riviera and Frida Kalho figure prominently. It ends in the 1950's during the McCarthy era when Communist witch hunts were the norm in the US. Highly recommended.

LPL_ShirleyB Jan 17, 2015

The Lacuna won Britain's prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 10, 2014

A tour de force that takes the reader from the artistic worlds of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to America during the McCarthy trials. Harrison Shepherd's young life is a series of misadventures until he finally manages to ingratiate himself into Rivera's studio as a plaster mixer for the artist's murals. The Rivera household soon becomes a haven for the exiled Lev Trotsky. With Trotsky’s assassination, Harrison is forced to flee the country; when the Americans uncover his Communist background, he again finds himself on dangerous ground. A provocative, insightful, fascinating and epic journey.

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