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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

November 2009 Indie Next List

“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

December 2010 Indie Next List

“Kingsolver's first novel in nine years has a compelling, provocative storyline that takes place between Mexico City and the United States in the period from the 1930s to the 1950s. A young Mexican-American man finds himself caught up in the creative and political household of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. He mixes plaster for the muralist, types letters for Leon Trotsky, and befriends Frida. The Lacuna is a solid example of Kingsolver's expertise in combining politics and fiction. The philosophy of Communism and the innate need for freedom of expression raise their demanding fists in this young man's story, and they won't let the reader go.”
— Dianne Patrick, Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI


New York Times bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna is an ambitious and gripping historical novel about Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Communism, and one man's epic search for identity in Mexico and the United States.

The author of The Poisonwood Bible; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and more; Kingsolver tells the complex, gripping tale of Harrison William Shepherd, a writer whose journey from the 1920s to the 50s allows him to witness the tumultuous lives of artists Rivera and Kahlo in Mexico, the politics of Leon Trotsky, and the bullying tactics of J. Edgar Hoover and McCarthyism in Washington, D.C.

The Lacuna, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, is written with Kingsolver's masterful lyricism as she blends real and fictional characters and events in a poignant story of a man torn between two nations and the impact of history on art and artists.

This Harper Perennial Deluxe Modern Classic features beautiful cover artwork on uncoated stock, French flaps, and deckle-edge pages.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062206473
ISBN-10: 0062206478
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Pages: 507
Language: English
Series: Modern Classics