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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
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Aug 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: pop-lit
Read from August 12 to 14, 2011

This is certainly Kingsolver's most ambitious novel yet, encompassing art, politics, love, and acceptance in carefully researched and highly detailed historical fiction.

The Lacuna is the story of the fictional Harrison Shepherd from boyhood onward who aspires to be a writer, while constantly surrounded by the most interesting of people, such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Leon Trotsky to name a few. I love the voice she gave Shepherd and the novel is varied in its construction, consisting of diary entries, newspaper articles, and letters. While not an all time favorite, I loved reading it and definitely recommend it.
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