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Monday, February 28, 2011

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

This book has received mixed reviews, however I believe everyone that enjoyed reading The Poisonwood Bible will enjoy this novel.  Born in the United States but raised in variety of homes in Mexico, the protagonist Harrison Shepherd finds himself divided between the two nations.
The first half of the book takes place in Mexico and will provide you with just enough Mexican history to make you want to research more.  Kingsolver does an excellent job describing the colorful towns and lush tropics of Mexico.  She weaves the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and his wife, painter Frida Kahlo, with their contentious friend Leon Trotsky into flamboyant stories that come to life.  The story spans three decades, two continents and is written as a collection of memoirs, diary entries, letters and articles.
This is Kingsolver’s sixth novel; it won the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and Library of Virginia Literary Award.  It has been nine years since her last novel.

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