The UU Book Club will meet on Wednesday April 6 at 1:30 to discuss Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Toby Mason will be the hostess and moderator. Please R.S.V.P to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-853-3941.
The May 4th meeting will be held at UU, with Cynthia Taubert hosting and moderating. Please contact her if you plan to attend at email@example.com or call 854-7108. We will discuss The Lacuna: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver, her sixth novel which won the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and the Library of Virginia Literary Award. The novel tells the story of Harrison Shepherd who grows up in the 1930s living variously with his American father and Mexican mother. During his time in Mexico he works as a cook for the artists Diego Rivera and Freda Kahlo, then as a secretary for Leon Trotsky when he lives in Mexico City. Later, living in Asheville, he becomes a novelist and is subsequently investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee for his relationship with the Riveras who belong to the Communist Party. He instructs his secretary to burn his diaries and letters. She saves them instead, and it is these papers that form the bulk of the novel. There are gaps (lacunae) in the story, hence the title. Perhaps the biggest lacuna is that Mr. Shepherd mysteriously disappears.