Thursday, November 26, 2009

THE LACUNA: PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE LACUNA

BY BARBARA KINGSOLVER

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In The Lacuna, her first novel in nine years, Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, tells the story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds—an unforgettable protagonist whose search for identity will take readers to the heart of the twentieth century’s most tumultuous events.

In her most accomplished novel, Barbara Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities.

Born in the United States, reared in a series of provisional households in Mexico—from a coastal island jungle to 1930s Mexico City—Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers who put him to work in the kitchen, errands he runs in the streets, and one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. He discovers a passion for Aztec history and meets the exotic, imperious artist Frida Kahlo, who will become his lifelong friend. When he goes to work for Lev Trotsky, an exiled political leader fighting for his life, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution, newspaper headlines and howling gossip, and a risk of terrible violence.

Meanwhile, to the north, the United States will soon be caught up in the internationalist goodwill of World War II. There in the land of his birth, Shepherd believes he might remake himself in America's hopeful image and claim a voice of his own. He finds support from an unlikely kindred soul, his stenographer, Mrs. Brown, who will be far more valuable to her employer than he could ever know. Through darkening years, political winds continue to toss him between north and south in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach—the lacuna—between truth and public presumption.

With deeply compelling characters, a vivid sense of place, and a clear grasp of how history and public opinion can shape a life, Barbara Kingsolver has created an unforgettable portrait of the artist—and of art itself. The Lacuna is a rich and daring work of literature, establishing its author as one of the most provocative and important of her time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Barbara Kingsolver's bestselling books of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction include the novels
The Bean Trees and The Poisonwood Bible. Translated into nineteen languages, her work has won a devoted worldwide readership and many awards, including the National Humanities Medal. Her most recent book is the highly praised, New York Times bestselling Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, published in May 2007. She lives with her family on a farm in southwestern Virginia.


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62 comments:

rubynreba said...

She also wrote High Tide in Tucson.
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rubynreba said...

I would like to read Prodigal Summer but I haven't read any of her books yet.
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Diane said...

Happy Thanksgiving. I love Kingsolver: Prodigal Summer. PLEASE enter me:

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thanks

wheresmyrain said...

another book by her is "The Bean Trees"

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wheresmyrain said...

i read "the Poisonwood bible" and also other books by her. I love her and this book has been on my wishlist, so yay, thanks on thanksgiving for posting this one

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Alyce said...

Another book by her is Poisonwood Bible.

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Alyce said...

I have Poisonwood Bible on my shelf, and it's the book by her that I've been wanting to read the most.

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Margie said...

She also wrote Pigs in Heaven.
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Margie said...

Animal Dreams sounds interesting.
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kalea_kane said...

Not entering, Karen. I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. :)

Bethie said...

Please count me in. Barbara Kingsolver also wrote Pigs in Heaven.

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Bethie said...

+1 I have read the Poisonwood Bible. Great book. I love all the different voices in the book. It was one that stayed with me for a while after I put it down.

amanda18228 said...

I have read The Poisonwood Bible and loved it!
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amanda18228 said...

She also wrote "Pigs in Heaven."
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amanda18228 said...

I tweeted this.
http://twitter.com/amandawk/status/6105210483

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Carol W. said...

Barbara Kingsolver wrote Pigs in Heaven.
I love how you update your blog according to holidays!

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Carol W. said...

I have read several of Barbara Kingsolver's books. One that stands out in my mind is The Poisonwood Bible.

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brizmus said...

She also wrote the Poisonwood Bible, which I read and loved.

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brizmus said...

in my sidebar under The Contest List

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brizmus said...

I just learned that she also wrote Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which I have been dying to read! :-) Even though my father tells me I will hate it.

(I saw that my first entry actually counted for the second extra)

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Martha Lawson said...

The Poisonwood Bible is one of her books. Please enter me.

I am a follower.

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Martha Lawson said...

I haven't read any of her books yet, but High Tide in Tucson sounds good.

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Sarah said...

Another book Kingsolver wrote is High Tide in Tuscon. Please enter me in this giveaway!

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Sarah said...

I have read the Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver, which I loved!

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Sarah Emmerson

Sarah said...

I tweeted:

https://twitter.com/saemmerson/status/6148561274

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

She also wrote Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Please enter me. Thanks!

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I've not read anything by Kingsolver yet, but The Lacuna as well as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle sound very interesting.

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N an said...

I LOVED The Poisonwood Bible! One of my favorite books ever!

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Nan said...

Another book by Kingsolver is Animals, Vegetable, Miracle.

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ossmcalc said...

Small Wonder was also written by Barbara Kingsolver.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I have not read any of Barbara Kingsolver's books but would be very interested in reading this book, The Lacuna, that sounds interesting just because of the title. When I read about the book in your description, I really want to read it.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/6182246519

Thank you,

Christine
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Debbie said...

My favorite book is the Poisonwood Bible.
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Debbie said...

I've read all of her books except this one. She is truly my favorite author.
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Debbie said...

Tweet!
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g.g. said...

She wrote Poisonwood Bible

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g.g. said...

I read Prodigal Summer

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Amy said...

Barbara Kingsolver has written The Prodigal Summer, The Poisonwood Bible, and Pigs in Heaven among others.

This is a fantastic Giveaway!

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Amy said...

I haven't read Pigs from Heaven or Prodigal Summer and would love to read both. Having read The Poisonwood Bible and loved it, I am biased towards most of Barbara Kingsolver's books!

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Glenn said...

I've heard of The Poisonwood Bible - gave it to my sister in law for Christmas several years back. Thanks for the giveaway.

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holdenj said...

She also wrote The Bean Trees.
Please count me in for her new novel! Thanks.
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holdenj said...

I have read a couple of her books, but I think I liked The Poisonwood Bible the best, although I remember thinking it got a little long at the end.
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Rebecca Graham said...

She wrote The Poisonwood Bible, one of my favorite books.

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Benita said...

Barbara Kingsolver wrote Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

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Benita said...

I haven't read any of her books, but I'd love to read Pigs in Heaven.

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Esme said...

I still remember the first Kingslover novel I read. thanks for this.

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Esme said...

SHe wrote The Poisonwood BIble

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Esme said...

I read and thoroughly enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible

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Esme said...

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DarcyO said...

She also wrote The Poisonwood Bible.

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DarcyO said...

I've read The Bean Trees, Pigs in Heaven and The Prodigal Summer -- all great read!

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DarcyO said...

tweeted:
https://twitter.com/darcy1956/status/6645539583

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Icedream said...

She is the author of Pigs In Heaven. (a great book )
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Icedream said...

Since Kingsolver is a favorite author of mine I have read just about all of her books. I loved The Poisonwood Bible.

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Sue said...

The Poisonwood Bible is one of my all time favorites! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Sue said...

I've read Prodigal Summer and The Poisonwood Bible. Thanks again.

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Anonymous said...

She wrote The Poisonwood Bible

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Angie said...

I listened to the audio version of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and loved it. It was even better because she narrated it herself

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CherylS22 said...

She also wrote Prodigal Summer.
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Nancye said...

She also wrote "Animal Dreams"

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Nancye said...

I would like to read "Prodigal Summer"

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