Best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver creates a complex character in Harrison Shepherd. Cook and writer; part Mexican and part American; loner and intimate of a close-knit group of Communist idealists. He lives with the exiled Trotsky and the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Thus, he later becomes accused and judged by the growing anti-Communist fervor in the United States. The diaries he keeps over the years are the fuel for his writings and provide the structure of the story.
I felt that the writing was excellent but the story did not hold me. The best parts were set in Mexico. I read this for the Brown Bag Book Group at Juniper Library. Several members said that they thought Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible and Prodigal Summer were better. I'll try one of those soon.