The Lacuna

The Lacuna Title: The Lacuna

Author: Barbara Kingsolver

Reviewer: Orion Pozo, Collection Manager, Engineering, NCSU Libraries

A lacuna is "a gap or missing part" and Kingsolver shows her prowess in writing a novel about the missing parts of her character Harrison William Shepherd's life & 20th century life. The Lacuna reminds me of her earlier work The Bean Trees because of its focus on the inherent value of marginalized lives. By giving the quiet person with a private life center stage, she creates a powerful critique of American values of success and conformity.