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From the Mexico City of Frida Kahlo to the America of J. Edgar Hoover, The Lacuna tells the poignant story of a man pulled between two nations.
Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.
Meanwhile, the United States has embraced the internationalist goodwill of World War II. Back in the land of his birth, Shepherd seeks to remake himself in America’s hopeful image and claim a voice of his own. But political winds continue to toss him between north and south in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach—the lacuna—between truth and public presumption.
Two people who would slog through found it very plodding and gave up reading itPublished 4 months ago by Nickolas stebbing
As I spend a lot of time in Mexico and have enjoyed the same places it brought back memories. Will recommend it to my book club.Published 6 months ago by Kathryn M. Holt
A lackluster effort that pales in comparison to the engaging narratives and characterization found in her previous work. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shawn Shomody
I am one third way through it and I lost interest.
I am not sure where we are going..
Maybe I have missed the plot , is there one. Read more
Loved this writer's work. Outstanding in every way. Covers a piece of U.S./Mexican history in an intricately woven story. Understanding of human nature is strong.Published 21 months ago by MaudeMaryKate
Although The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel is one of my all-time favorite novels, I almost didn't read Barbara Kingslover's latest publication, The Lacuna. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2011 by Deborah Serravalle
This book was chosen by my book club. I gasped when I saw the size of it. Now that I have read about 15% of the book, I highly recommend it. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2010 by Lovestoread
The Lacuna fails. The vividly described imagery of the natural world, so present in her previous novels, is counterpointed with an urban landscape. It does not work. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2010 by discriminating shopper