The Lacuna I so wanted to love this sprawling, old-fashioned historical novel, Barbara Kingsolver's first in nine years. The Lacuna is the tale of Harrison Shepherd, an… The Lacuna I so wanted to love this sprawling, old-fashioned historical novel, Barbara Kingsolver's first in nine years. The Lacuna is the tale of Harrison Shepherd, an… 2009-11-03 Fiction History HarperCollins
Book Review

The Lacuna (2009)

Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna | The Lucana by Barbara Kingsolver
The Lucana by Barbara Kingsolver
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 03, 2009; Writer: Barbara Kingsolver; Genres: Fiction, History; Publisher: HarperCollins

I so wanted to love this sprawling, old-fashioned historical novel, Barbara Kingsolver's first in nine years. The Lacuna is the tale of Harrison Shepherd, an American-born, Mexican-bred boy whose life takes him from a coastal jungle village to Mexico City, where he wangles a job mixing plaster for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo (after that, he works as Leon Trotsky's secretary). But the book — told through newspaper clippings, letters, bits of memoirs, and the like — never quite comes together. Though the rich smells and sounds of 1930s Mexico seem to spill off the page, when Kingsolver moves Shepherd to the U.S., where he becomes a famous novelist, her plot grows muddy — and, worse, a bit predictable. B

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Originally posted Nov 03, 2009 Published in issue #1075 Nov 13, 2009 Order article reprints
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