The Tortilla Curtain

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Product Number: Z100097319
Released: Jun 21, 2015
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ISBN: #9781483056289
Narrator/s: T.C. Boyle
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In this explosive and timely novel, T. C. Boyle explores an issue that is at the forefront of the political arena. He confronts the controversy over illegal immigration head-on, illuminating through a poignant, gripping story the people on both sides of the issue: the haves and the have-nots. In Southern California's Topanga Canyon, two couples live in close proximity and yet are worlds apart. High atop a hill overlooking the canyon, nature writer Delaney Mossbacher and his wife, real estate agent Kyra Menaker-Mossbacher, reside in an exclusive, secluded housing development with their son, Jordan. The Mossbachers are agnostic liberals with a passion for recycling and fitness. Camped out in a ravine at the bottom of the canyon are CAndido and America RincOn, a Mexican couple who have crossed the border illegally. On the edge of starvation, they search desperately for work in the hope of moving into an apartment before their baby is born. They cling to their vision of the American dream, which, no matter how hard they try to achieve it, manages to elude their grasp at every turn. A chance, violent encounter brings together Delaney and CAndido, instigating a chain of events that eventually culminates in a harrowing confrontation. The novel shifts back and forth between the two couples, giving voice to each of the four main characters as their lives become inextricably intertwined and their worlds collide. The RincOns' search for the American dream, and the Mossbachers' attempts to protect it, comprise the heart of the story. In scenes that are alternately comic, frightening, and satirical, but always all "too real," Boyle confronts not only immigration but social consciousness, environmental awareness, crime, and unemployment in a tale that raises the curtain on the dark side of the American dream.

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Author(s): T.C. Boyle
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 2006

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Author(s): T.C. Boyle
Narrator(s): Barbara Rosenblat
Product Number C3851
Released: Sep 19, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781428113046
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Author(s): T.C. Boyle
Narrator(s): Barbara Rosenblat
Product Number Z00602
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781449881252
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Author(s): T.C. Boyle
Product Number EB00398275
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101042601

Professional reviews

"As immigration complexities surge in California, one broad-minded Los Angeles couple finds their liberal opinions shaken as a series of fateful events propels them ever closer to a desperate Mexican couple living off the land, fighting for survival. T.C. Boyle's intimate connection to this story provides the precise character interpretation necessary for a high-energy and entertaining performance. His inclination for sarcasm, humor, and a wide range of emotions illuminates the turmoil behind a complicated national issue. B.J.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2007 Audies Award Winner (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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