Frequently Asked Questions

Barbara loves to hear from her readers, but due to the volume of of correspondence, she can't answer each question individually. To help, we've listed many of the frequently asked questions here. Click on a title to go to the section described.

About Writing

Glamorous or clamorous, what are the realities of a writing life? Barbara answers questions about the world of literature.


About The Lacuna

Readers ask about origins, research, and the truth about Trotsky and Frida.


Some Previous Books

From the Congo to southern Appalachia, discussions of The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

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