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Conversation: Writer Barbara Kingsolver

“The Lacuna,” a new novel by Barbara Kingsolver, is a sweep of history and a mix of the real and the imaginary: From the vibrant political and artistic Mexico of the 1930’s — including the historic figures muralist Diego Rivera, his wife, artist Frida Kahlo, and the exiled Soviet leader Leon Trotsky — to post World War II America, where optimism is mixed with fears of communism and the House Un-American Activities Committee. Kingsolver is also the author of the bestseller “The Poisonwood Bible.” She joined me to discuss her new work.

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