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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.

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The Lacuna
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The Lacuna
October 28th, 2013
Liked all the Frida references
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October 4th, 2013
I have been a long-time fan of Barbara Kingsolver, and I was so happy that this book did not disappoint. Although I did find the beginning a bit of a slog, I was glad that I stuck it through. The story is so detailed, you feel immersed in the life of Harrison Shepherd and the mix of Mexican culture, geography, and politics at a very tumultuous time. As a fan of the intriguing Frida Kahlo I was so curious to see how Shepherd's life would mesh with theirs. I worried it would feel forced and false, but to me it was like Frida, Diego, Trotsky, and all those surrounding her were characters from Kingsolver's imagination, they blended so seamlessly into the narrative. Her ability to blend history and fiction is wonderful. To be cliche, I couldn't put it down. The ending was magnificent and soaring and heartbreaking. Since becoming hooked by the Poisonwood Bible I always look forward to another Kingsolver book; this one was worth the wait! Stick with it if you find it a bit dense to start; you will be glad you did.
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