Author Barbara Kingsolver spoke last night to an appreciative crowd of over 800 fans in San Miguel de Allende. Her latest book, La Lacuna, is set primarily in Mexico and features Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Trotsky. One of Kingsolver’s interests is in how history is often rewritten. Lacuna: the missing part. Kingsolver, with a very light touch and much eloquence, spoke about how forbidden it is in American culture today to look at itself objectively. How to question who we are and what we are doing is not acceptable these days. She spoke about the thousands of pieces of hate mail that she got when she questioned America’s response to 9/11.
Kingsolver’s favorite foreign country is Mexico. She loves the diversity, the sense of community, the love of family, the colors, and the food. I’m with her!