The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver

Another author of a favourite (The Poisonwood Bible) with a lot to live up to, and Kingsolver did it well. The Lacuna follows the story of Harrison Shepard, through his time in Mexico and the US through the 1930’s-1950’s. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Trotsky all make appearances as well as many significant cultural and political events of the time.

It’s definitely an interesting story and I feel like I learned a lot from it. She captures really well the feeling of patriotism during WWII through to paranoia from communism in the following years. It isn’t the easiest read, I had to force myself to focus at times, but it’s worth it in the end.

Read The Poisonwood Bible as well if you haven’t already.

Overall: 8/10


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