The Lacuna

The Lacuna (Paperback)

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Staff Reviews

Barbara Kingsolver’s first novel in nine years is an engrossing story of revolution, art, searching for one’s place, all wrapped up in the atmosphere of 1930s Mexico topped with a tasty dollop of political machinations. Harrison William Shepherd spends his formative years in the household of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. It’s there that he meets Leon Trotsky, becoming enmeshed in an unlikely group of bodyguards and politicos and seduced by this exotic and dangerous life. The story is told through narrative, letters, journal entries and articles as we follow Shepherd from Mexico back to the states, looking and yearning for a place to belong. This quiet man’s story is as colorful, textured and intriguing as a Kahlo painting.
A Hudson Best Book of 2009

--Sydne, Atlanta

Indie Next List

November 2009
Moving from a setting in Mexico (in the company of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Trotsky) to the 1950s America of Red Scares and McCarthyism, The Lacuna tells the very personal and human story of young novelist Harrison Shepherd. Kingsolver does a masterful job creating a story with both scope and intimacy while also raising potent questions about freedom of expression and belief. Bravo! -- Sheryl Cotleur, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA


In this powerfully imagined, provocative novel, Barbara Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is the poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as well as an unforgettable portrait of the artist--and of art itself.

Product Details ISBN-10: 0062206478
ISBN-13: 9780062206473
Published: Harper Perennial
Pages: 507
Language: English