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The Lacuna

by Barbara Kingsolver


It is the awful time of the World War II. There in the land of his birth, Shepherd believes he might remake himself in America's hopeful image and claim a voice of his own. He finds support from an unlikely kindred soul, his stenographer, Mrs. Brown, who will be far more valuable to her employer than he could ever know. Through darkening years, political winds continue to toss him between north and south in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach—the lacuna—between truth and public presumption.

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...first day of term. Tomorrow perhaps Deaf-Mute. After that, one could aspire to Cretin. 1 September No reading in class. Senora Bartolome says a book will distract from her lessons of hygiene, morality, and self-control. You...



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