Review: The Lacuna: A Novel, by Barbara Kingsolver

Kingsolver sets this novel in the mid-twentieth century. The main character, Harrison Shepherd, moves between Mexico and the United States as he grows up. While in Mexico he is employed by the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and later Leon Trotsky who has fled from the USSR after his falling out with Stalin. In the United States he is at the fringes of the 1933 Bonus March in Washington D.C. where the marchers are met with a harsh reaction by the government. Later Harrison is caught up in the net of the House Un-American Activities Committee which was investigating alleged disloyal and subversive activities by American citizens at the start of the Cold War. I found this novel a little slow starting but filled with fascinating, historically accurate details.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good

Reviewed by: kh

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