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The lacuna : a novel

Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher: London : Faber, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'The Lacuna' is the story of a man's search for safety in the grinding jaws of two nations, at a moment when the entire world seemed bent on reinventing itself at any cost.
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Epistolary fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 9780571252640 0571252648 9780571252633 057125263X
OCLC Number: 468797253
Awards: Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 Winner.
Description: 507 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The Lacuna is the story of a man's search for safety in the grinding jaws of two nations, at a moment when the entire world seemed bent on reinventing itself at any cost. Born in the U.S., reared in a series of provisional households in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is mostly a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salome. Sometimes she gives her son cigarettes instead of supper. Making himself useful in the household of the famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, his wife Frida Kahlo and exiled Bolshevik leader Lev Trotsky, young Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution, and the howling gossip and reportage that dictate public opinion. A violent upheaval sends him north to a nation newly caught up in the internationalist good will of 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. This is a gripping story of identity, connection with our past, and the power of words to create or devastate. Crossing two decades, from the vibrant revolutionary murals of Mexico City to the halls of a Congress bent on eradicating the color Red, The Lacuna is as deep and rich as the New World.
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"Compelling.Kingsolver's descriptions of life in Mexico City burst with sensory detail-thick sweet breads, vividly painted walls, the lovely white feet of an unattainable love." -- The New Yorker Read more...

 
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