A Literary Suggestion for the Mexico Bound

11 Jan

Bacalareños had a quiet Saturday night. The long holiday vacation is over with adults back to work and the children in school. The cool weather and rain had the perros curled up and quiet until the rooster alarm clock went off this morning. We cherish these mornings.

Rainy Sunday morning.

Rainy Sunday morning.

I’ve been hearing from readers about adventurous plans to travel or retire to Mexico. I thought you might enjoy a reading suggestion to pass the time until your trip.

On my night table is The Lacuna by Barbara Kinsolver.


The main character tells of life growing up with his Mexican mother and his relationship with Frieda Kalo and Diego Rivera.

Artists of Mexico.

Artists of Mexico.

As a young adult he returns to seek out his US father and ends up living in Asheville, NC. of all places. My brother lives in Asheville and I’ve visited many times, however familiarity with the city is not a requirement to enjoy the book.

I found The Lacuna slow to engage but persisted after I saw it included among the coffee table collection at La Casa de los Venados in Valladolid. If the owners of this amazing art collection thought enough to place it front and center in a room where there are no accidents, I decided to give it a second go.

All things Mexico.

All things Mexico.

The largest private collection of Mexican folk art.

The largest private collection of Mexican folk art in the world.

Our reclusive protagonist develops into a writer of Mexican ancient history and weaver of stories that capture the hearts of post WW I, communist fearing Americans. I cannot tell you the ending, as I am within pages of finishing myself. It feels much like the story of Dos Tortas, off to a slow start, but now within days of receiving our permission to build our retirement home. How perfect a life reflection. DOS TORTAS

6 Responses to “A Literary Suggestion for the Mexico Bound”

  1. Emily January 11, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    Thanks for the book recommendation — love Barbara Kingsolver!


    • afish25 January 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      She is an ambitious writer. I haven another book on my kindle but that’s another blog.


  2. emilievardaman January 12, 2015 at 4:58 am #

    La Lacuna has been on my list for some time. Your recommendation just bumped it up higher on that list. Thanks.


    • afish25 January 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      I am always looking for good books about Mexico and there are so many!


  3. An January 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    Permission to build the house! Yay! Now the plans literally take shape. Wonderful news. And what’s going on with Lisa’s arm? Did I miss something? Really like Kinsolver, but I also found Lacuna very difficult to engage… Sounds like I should give it another go. -alicia

    Sent from my iPad



    • afish25 January 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

      Lisa healed 100%. She was wakeboarding this morning. I agree, BK is not the easiest to read. Some of her phraseology takes my breath away. Ah, to be able to craft words like she does! I am continually surprised by my enjoyment of the creative process of blogging. Another adventure to say the least.


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