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The lacuna a novel

by Kingsolver, Barbara.

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2010
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Audiovisual MP 3 125
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Audiovisual
Call Number  MP 3 125
Plum Community Library Adult Audio PL FIC KIN
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Adult Audio
Call Number  PL FIC KIN
The Lacuna
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In her first novel in nine years, Kingsolver displays the same ambition she exhibited in her best-selling The Poisonwood Bible (1998). Moving her story between Mexico and the U.S. and covering some 20 years in the life of Harrison William Shepherd, born to a social-climbing Mexican mother and an emotionally distant American father, who eventually divorce, Kingsolver weaves in pointed social commentary on dark moments in the history of both countries. Zelig-like, Shepherd is present at disturbing yet key historical events, including the violent 1933 Bonus March in Washington, D.C. Kicked out of a military academy for a homosexual liaison, Shepherd returns to Mexico; is taken into the household of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and the exiled Leon Trotsky; and witnesses Trotsky's assassination. He eventually settles in Asheville, North Carolina, becoming well known as an author of historical fiction and coming to the attention of the House Un-American Activities Committee for his leftist leanings. Kingsolver packs her novel with rich detail on everything from underwater caves to the proper way to mix the plaster Rivera uses in his murals, relaying information through a pastiche of letters, newspaper excerpts, and diary entries. As a result, the novel can be slow going, but the final section, devoted to the loving if platonic relationship between Shepherd and his dedicated stenographer, builds to a stunningly moving coda, conveying the tender emotions between two outsiders who have created their own sanctuary in the face of a hostile mainstream culture.--Wilkinson, Joanne Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kingsolver's ambitious new novel, her first in nine years (after the The Poisonwood Bible), focuses on Harrison William Shepherd, the product of a divorced American father and a Mexican mother. After getting kicked out of his American military academy, Harrison spends his formative years in Mexico in the 1930s in the household of Diego Rivera; his wife, Frida Kahlo; and their houseguest, Leon Trotsky, who is hiding from Soviet assassins. After Trotsky is assassinated, Harrison returns to the U.S., settling down in Asheville, N.C., where he becomes an author of historical potboilers (e.g., Vassals of Majesty) and is later investigated as a possible subversive. Narrated in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper clippings, the novel takes a while to get going, but once it does, it achieves a rare dramatic power that reaches its emotional peak when Harrison wittily and eloquently defends himself before the House Un-American Activities Committee (on the panel is a young Dick Nixon). "Employed by the American imagination," is how one character describes Harrison, a term that could apply equally to Kingsolver as she masterfully resurrects a dark period in American history with the assured hand of a true literary artist. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Americans -- Mexico -- Fiction.
Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Subversive activities -- Fiction.
Mexico -- History -- 1910-1946 -- Fiction.
North Carolina -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
Publisher [Solon, Ohio] : Prince Frederick, MD :Playaway Digital Audio ;2010
[Distributed exclusively by] Recorded Books, LLC :
[Manufactured by] Findaway World, LLC,
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Recorded Books, LLC.
HarperCollins (Firm)
Playaway Digital Audio.
Findaway World, LLC.
Participants/Performers Narrated by the author.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Recording originally produced by HarperCollins Publishers, p2009, and released by Recorded Books, LLC.
In container (21 x 13 x 3 cm.).
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for playback.
Accompanying material may vary.
System Details Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
Description 1 audio media player (19 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
ISBN 9781440758560
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