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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
20 21 Winner of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction, this is a gripping tale of identity, connection with the past and the power of words. Harrison Shepherd is a novelist who writes romantic adventures. After spending his youth in Mexico working as a cook for brilliant artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Shepherd becomes a successful writer in a small town in North Carolina. With the help of his secretary, he seeks to preserve his memories through newspaper clippings and diary entries – however his work attracts the attention of Congress and he becomes a victim of the ‘Red Scare’. Filled with compelling characters and set against a fascinating historical backdrop, this is an unforgettable work that will stay with the reader. ‘ . .. a gripping tale of identity, connection with the past and the power of words ... la lacuna // barbara kingsolver // Book cluB reads Top