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The Lacuna

(2009)
A novel by

 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book
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.

 
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Used availability for Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna


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Hardback Editions

November 2009 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0-571-25263-X / 978-0-571-25263-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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November 2009 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0-06-085257-7 / 978-0-06-085257-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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October 2009 : Canada Hardback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 1-55468-475-7 / 978-1-55468-475-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 2013 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna: Deluxe Modern Classic
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0-06-220647-8 / 978-0-06-220647-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0-571-29882-6 / 978-0-571-29882-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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July 2010 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 1-55468-476-5 / 978-1-55468-476-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna: A Novel (P.S.)
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0-06-085258-5 / 978-0-06-085258-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0-571-25267-2 / 978-0-571-25267-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0-571-25266-4 / 978-0-571-25266-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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November 2009 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0-571-25264-8 / 978-0-571-25264-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2009 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0-06-192756-2 / 978-0-06-192756-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperLuxe
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November 2009 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0-06-194455-6 / 978-0-06-194455-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins USA
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Audio Editions

July 2010 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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July 2010 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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April 2010 : UK Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Lacuna (Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver, narrated by the author
ISBN: 1-4074-5884-1 / 978-1-4074-5884-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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November 2009 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Lacuna CD: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 0-06-085356-5 / 978-0-06-085356-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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November 2009 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher: HarperAudio
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2009 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 1-4407-5854-9 / 978-1-4407-5854-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Lacuna
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Lacuna: Deluxe Modern Classic
Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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