The Lacuna (Paperback)
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The Lacuna (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 11/04/2013
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"The Lacuna" is the heartbreaking story of a man's search for safety of a man torn between the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s McCarthyite America. Born in the U.S. and reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salome. Making himself useful in the household of the famed Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and exiled Bolshevik leader Lev Trotsky, young Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution. A violent upheaval sends him north to a nation newly caught up in World War II. In the mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina he remakes himself in America's hopeful image. But political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach - the lacuna - between truth and public presumption. A gripping story of identity, loyalty and the devastating power of accusations to destroy innocent people. "The Lacuna" is as deep and rich as the New World.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571298822

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Absolutely unputdownable, I learnt so much from this book. So thought-provoking.... I'll remember it forever. If you admire Frida Kahlo's art, if you're interested in Spanish or the New World, then this... More

Paperback edition
29th September 2009
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“Worth the journey”

This is a novel to stay with. At over 600 pages in paperback it's a long journey but worth it at the end. A complex story interlinked with well-documented historical events raises the broad issues of personal... More

Paperback edition
1st October 2010
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“Good book”

This is another good book from Barbara Kingsolver about a child / man who doesn't completely fit in anywhere. While I enjoyed reading this book, I couldn't help being a little disappointed - not as engaging... More

Paperback edition
7th November 2010
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