4 May

First Harper Perennial soft cover edition 2010

I first met Barbara Kingsolver in 1992 in the fields of The Bean Trees. I lost her somewhere between then and now as time slipped quietly by. Then in 2010, I’d heard a rumor of her winning the Orange Prize (awarded to the best work of fiction written in English by a female author) for The Lacuna, her 6th novel and her 1st new novel in nine years. Nine years. I suppose time quietly slipped by Kingsolver as well, so I felt better about my neglect. This is not to say that she sat around doing nothing during that time. Kingsolver does also write other things, you know.

The Lacuna again caught my attention when I received it as a gift last year. Thankfully, it remained patient, as other books came and went, it stayed the course waiting. I briefly wrote about it here, then just as briefly, it slipped away.

This morning, before sunrise, The Lacuna beckoned me. This is where I would tell you a little about the book to get you interested. But I won’t. Not because I don’t know what it’s about. I do. I’ve done the research. But I will intrigue you with this: Mexico 1930-1950; post WWII American society; Leon Trotsky; Frida Kahlo; Diego Rivera; art; literature; and a main character who shows us the storyline through his notebooks, letters and journals. Kingsolver’s descriptive writing slides off the pages – filling the ether with things to see, scents to inhale, and melodies to hear. I’ve been captured.


Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera


3 Responses to “CURRENTLY READING”

  1. Chris Sullivan May 4, 2014 at 8:59 p05 #

    Barbara Kingsolver has been short-listed three times for the Orange Prize for Fiction. (Now called the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction). ‘The Poisoned Bible’ in 1999, ‘The Lacuna’ in 2010 and last year, 2013 with her novel, ‘Flight Behaviour’. She has only won the prize once with ‘The Lacuna’.

  2. WORDMAN May 4, 2014 at 8:59 p05 #

    Thanks Chris. Always a pleasure ….


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