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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
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Engaging characters, setting & story--We follow Harrison Shepherd's odyssey from a pre-teen Mexican-American kid fending for himself in Mexico to his career as a best-selling author and life in N. Carolina. His notebooks, pieced together by his secretary and published years later, form this beautifully written novel.
Vivid descriptions of McCarthyism echo some of the divisive rhetoric heard now from the Right--"real Americans," "true patriots," "American exceptionalism," demonization of Socialism, etc.
The Lacuna reminds me of Doctorow's historical fiction. The novel illuminates the culture of past decades, peeks into the lives of some famous people (Diego Rivera, Fridas Kahlo, Trotsky), and sprinkles verified published references for credibility.

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