Maureen Corrigan on Barbara Kingsolver’s Lacuna

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4 November 2009

I enjoyed Animal Dreams and Prodigal Summer, the two Barbara Kingsolver novels I’ve read.  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is one that’s been recommended to me several times over, so it’s on my (mental) list.  Lots of to-do about her new historical novel Lacuna; Maureen Corrigan of NPR thinks you shouldn’t believe the hype.

Interesting are Corrigan’s comments about Kingsolver as a cross-over writer, between genre — the blockbuster novels that are currently “caught in the cross-hairs” of the Amazon/Target/Wal-mart book price wars — and literary.  Lacuna is the only literary novel among the books being sold en masse/deeply discounted by the big-box stores in the current kerfuffle.  Will be interesting to see other reviews as they accumulate.

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One Response to “Maureen Corrigan on Barbara Kingsolver’s Lacuna


  1. Maureen Corrigan has temporarily lost possession of her normally well-tuned critical powers. Kingsolver’s “Lacuna” is anything but vacant: characterizing it as such is a little like calling the sky or the ocean vacant. The novel is rich with characters both historic and fictional, sweeping in its cultural and emotional scope, and breathtaking in its geographical and anthropological breadth and depth. Readers should approach it not as “the latest Kingsolver” but as a decidedly original, new American classic.


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