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The Tortilla Curtain

The Tortilla Curtain

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T.C. Boyle's tragicomic, award-winning novel about assimilation, immigration, and the price of the American dream

"A masterpiece of contemporary social satire." --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 immigrants 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.

Author: T. C. Boyle
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published: 09/01/1996
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.56lbs
Size: 7.78h x 5.07w x 0.72d
ISBN: 9780140238280
Age Range: 18-UP

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 7.1
Point Value: 22
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 71300 / Tortilla Curtain

Review Citation(s):
New York Times 09/15/1996 pg. 44
New York Times 12/08/1996 pg. 101
Publishers Weekly 07/22/1996

About the Author

T.C. Boyle is an American novelist and short story writer. Since the late 1970s, he has published sixteen novels and ten collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988 for his novel World's End, and the Prix Médicis étranger for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995; his 2003 novel Drop City was a finalist for the National Book Award. His honors include the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Henry David Thoreau Prize for excellence in nature writing, and the Rea Award for the Short Story. He is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California and lives in Santa Barbara.

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