Books The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver Hardcover, 507 pages, Harpercollins, List Price: $26.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe LacunaAuthorBarbara Kingsolver Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary Harrison William Shepherd, a highly observant writer, is caught between two worlds—in Mexico, working for communists Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, and later in America, where he his caught up in the patriotism of World War II. Genres: Historical Fiction Fiction Also by Barbara Kingsolver The Living Bird Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Flight Behavior Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Lacuna The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books From Kingsolver, The Fiction Of A Split Psyche November 8, 2009 Writer Barbara Kingsolver is fascinated by the tension inherent in living on the border between two cultures. Her latest novel, The Lacuna, tells the story of a young man born of a Mexican mother and an American father. From Kingsolver, The Fiction Of A Split Psyche Listen · 7:20 7:20 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/120182303/120234379" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Book Reviews 'The Lacuna,' Kingsolver's Vacant Return Fresh Air November 3, 2009 It's been nine years since Barbara Kingsolver, author of The Poisonwood Bible, has released a new novel — but is The Lacuna worth the wait? Critic Maureen Corrigan says this personalized perspective on the Red Scare in Mexico reflects the hidden meaning of the book's title: vacancy. 'The Lacuna,' Kingsolver's Vacant Return Listen · 5:39 5:39 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/120025143/120053635" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Callie Neylan/NPR What We're Reading What We're Reading: Nov. 3 - 9, 2009 November 3, 2009 A new weekly feature spotlights staff picks of standout books. This week, new novels from Barbara Kingsolver, Philip Roth and Paul Auster. Jonathan Safran Foer makes the case against Eating Animals, and Ken Auletta's Googled profiles one of the world's most significant companies.