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The Tortilla Curtain (Penguin Books with Reading Guides) Paperback – Deckle Edge, September 1, 1996
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Boyle's latest concerns two couples in Southern California?one a pair of wealthy suburbanites, the other illegal immigrants from Mexico.
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"A compelling story of myopic misunderstanding and mutual tragedy."
"Succeeds in stealing the front page news and bringing it home to the great American tradition of the social novel . . . A book to appreciate as we peer at the faces of strangers outside our windows, and wall ourselves in."
--The Boston Globe
"Lays on the line of our national cult of hypocrisy. Comically and painfully he details the smug wastefulness of the haves and the vile misery of the have-nots."
--Barbara Kingsolver, The Nation
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While Boyle thoroughly explores both sides of the border-crossing issue, he leaves the reader to draw her/his own decision about resolution of the issue. I understand that the issue is ongoing; however, I expected and would have liked to read this well-informed author's presentation of a resolution.
The Tortilla Curtain explores the lives of two families, one a middle class white couple living in a gated community in suburban LA, and the other an illegal Mexican immigrant and his young, pregnant wife. It portrays the vast differences in lifestyles and the feelings these two racial groups have toward one another as they coexist and attempt to survive day-to-day life.
Full of surprises and an unending string of bad luck, their lives are intertwined in such a way that it makes the reader consider their commonalities as much as their differences.
An accurate and extremely interesting portrayal of the human condition, the affects of illegal immigration, and in particular, what happens when a community tries to keep "them" out.
Michele Cozzens, Author of A Line Between Friends and The Things I Wish I'd Said.
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TC Boyle paints pictures with words, as usual