Friday, November 13, 2009

Book Review- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

The Lacuna: A Novel The Lacuna: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver

I have not read all of Barbara Kingsolver's books but the ones I have read have all been amazing. The Lacuna is no exception. I enjoyed picking it up every night for my daily reading before bed these past couple weeks and it has been the perfect read for me here in Lajitas, TX down near Big Bend National Park. This was a book I enjoyed reading slowly, being sure to take it all in and not miss anything by trying to get it finished quickly.

The Lacuna is a novel written as journal entries by Harrison Shepherd from the time he was a young teenager into adulthood. They recount his adventures through Mexico in the 30's and 40's and into his adult life in America. I felt like I was there experiencing his encounter with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and the life he led working for them in Mexico City. Harrison and everyone he meets throughout the book are so fleshed out and real that I kept forgetting that this was a novel and not a memoir.

Beautiful prose, epic storytelling, and intriguing characters. I couldn't ask for anything more. Loved it. It has become a new favorite.


AtoZ Challenge

Source: Publisher (Harper Collins), Palley Promotes (Thanks, Lisa!)

Barbara Kingsolver is one of the many great authors taking part in the Miami Book Fair this week. It comes to an end this Sunday so get out there while you still can.



  1. I have this on my holds list at the library now. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I can't wait to get it in my hands.

  2. Very happy to hear you liked this one. I've never read any of Kingsolver's fiction, but I'd like to start with this one!

  3. Great review of this book - it seems to be making some of the best books of the year lists. I can see why - it looks amazing!

  4. Great review. I've only read one Kinsolver novel, but I do have The Bean Trees out from the library right now.

  5. Great review Mari! :) I'm glad you liked it. I have this book on my wish list. Can't wait to read it. ♥

  6. You all must read it. So good. :)

    Stacy- I haven't read The Bean Trees yet. My first book of hers I read was The Poisonowod Bible.

  7. I am reading this right now! I sort of stalled because of a busy couple days but I am hoping to read some tomorrow.

  8. nice review. I want to read this book

  9. I've only read The Poisonwood Bible, but I absolutely loved it. I'll have to keep this one in mind.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  10. I'm glad to read your good review! I have read every Kingsolver novel and I think she is AMAZING. I am about 150 pages into The Lacuna and am having trouble really getting into it. I desperately want to LOVE it because I love all her other books passionately!


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