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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  

The Lacuna

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Winner of the prestigious 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction.

The Poisonwood Bible was a very special book, this one, her first in ten years, is a very worthy book. You need stamina and time to tackle it and you do need to finish it for the tragic-comic conclusion is extraordinary.

Comparison: Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas Keneally, David Mitchell.

“What’s wonderful about this novel is not only the exquisite writing, but the way it makes the reader very active. You have to put the story together. Lots of mystery and a very passionate investigation of what love is.” Michèle Roberts (Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 judging panel)

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If you like Barbara Kingsolver you might also like to read books by Louise Erdrich, Kathryn Stockett and Jacquelyn Mitchard.

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Synopsis

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

The Lacuna is the heartbreaking story of a man's search for safety of a man torn between the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s McCarthyite America. Born in the U.S. and reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salome. Making himself useful in the household of the famed Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and exiled Bolshevik leader Lev Trotsky, young Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution. A violent upheaval sends him north to a nation newly caught up in World War II. In the mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina he remakes himself in America's hopeful image. But political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach - the lacuna - between truth and public presumption. A gripping story of identity, loyalty and the devastating power of accusations to destroy innocent people. The Lacuna is as deep and rich as the New World.

About the Author

Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver’s thirteen books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction include the novels The Bean Trees and the international bestseller The Poisonwood Bible which, amongst other accolades, won the 2005 Penguin/Orange Reading Group Book of the Year award. Her most recent novel is The Lacuna, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction.

Fellow novelist KERRY REICHS on BARBARA KINGSOLVER

After you read The Bean Trees, you’ll run to the bookstore to buy Pigs in Heaven and Animal Dreams. I snap up Kingsolver’s novels from used bookstores so I have copies at the ready if I meet someone who has not yet had the pleasure. Observant and canny in character, Kingsolver’s women have heart and looking through their eyes opens mine. I read these books with a pen so I can easily return to favorite underlined phrases.

Author photo © David Wood

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Publication date

11th April 2013

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Barbara Kingsolver

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Publisher

Faber and Faber

Format

Paperback
688 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
All Shortlists and Winners
Family Drama
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571252671

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