The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Given this is by the author of The Poisonwood Bible, you know The Lacuna is going to be a book of enormous scope and power. Based initially in Mexico and later in the U.S, a young Harrison Shepherd escapes his ‘social-climbing mother’ and through a series of misadventures winds up in the household of Diego Rivera and artist Frida Kahlo, who will become his life-long friend. Thrown into the circle of exiled Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky, Shepherd is caught up inextricably in the upcoming whirlwind of American and Mexican social change and revolution. Vividly written, this is a compelling read of the power of art and politics.

Only a writer of exceptional skill and daring can hold together such an ambitious undertaking.” Dorothy Johnston, Sydney Morning Herald.