Harrison Shepherd's story follows his lifetime of keeping notebooks, recording everything from the behavior of fish to his fortune-seeking mother's escapades to the volatile marriage of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the trials of Levi Trotsky. From Mexico to Washington, D.C. and, finally, North Carolina, Shepherd is amazed to be famous because of his two best-selling novels. Shunning this popularity, Shepherd relies upon Violet Brown to type his work and insulate him from fans and surfacing F.B.I. interrogations linking him to Trotsky. Rich in the most unique characters and pointed, as it exposes the McCarthy era, "The Lacuna" artfully uncovers that gap between truth and presumption, the missing piece of the story, as only Kingsolver can do. A masterpiece!