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Publisher Description

T.C. Boyle’s tragicomic, award-winning novel about assimilation, immigration, and the price of the American dream
“A masterpiece of contemporary social satire . . . Turning the collective face of Mexican immigration into one ordinary human being, and walking many bruising miles in Candido’s cheap shoes, is Mr. Boyle’s gift to our collective conscience. But what makes The Tortilla Curtain good reading for any political stripe is that the author neither romanticizes the newcomers nor demonizes those who would pull up the ladder behind them.” —The Wall Street Journal

Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: he a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine. And from the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delaney into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.

Fiction & Literature
September 1
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Kallen26 ,

Good read

I Read this book for a book club, it is a good story, parts of it get lengthy and over descriptive. Very good depiction of the story from an immigrants point of view. I felt the ending left you hanging and wanting more! Just when you think you are having a bad day read this book because you will see it can be worse!

Attentive Reader ,

Excellent Writing-Poor Edition

This book was a very good read. I wouldn't exactly say that I enjoyed it as it was a difficult subject. It was very well written and there is a lot to learn and a lot to be reminded of. T.C.Boyle really knows how to keep the reader engaged and how to write a great ending. However, this electronic edition had many problems. There were words in the wrong place, many misspelled words and just plain serious errors. I find it hard to believe that the original paper edition was so poorly edited.

BlueSugarAngel ,

The best..,A MUST to read!

This is the book I always recommend when anyone asks for my all time favorite. It is so beautifully written and lessons in the art of empathy and the flaw of judgement runs through the entire story, and yet it is easy to see both “sides”. Everyone should read this book, no matter what your political point of view- it is written from the Human point of view.

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