Barbara Kingsolver's Novels - A Cram Guide
The author of The Poisonwood Bible returns with her first novel in nine years, The Lacuna. Below, a refresher course in the richly drawn characters and tangled cultural crossings of Kingsolver's fiction.
By Jessica Winter
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the November 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
The gist: A white missionary and his family arrive in the Belgian Congo on the brink of its independence in 1959.
The culture shock: The pastor's blind determination to "enlighten" a Congolese village has awful results for both the native people and his family.
The big question: How do you atone for the sins of the father?