18. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Tracy

The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle, 355 pages, read by Tracy, on 06/17/2013

This book was really hard to finish. I was hoping things would get better for Candido and Americo the young Mexican couple who come to America for a better life. The other couple in this story are Delaney and Kyra, Americans who live in an upscale gated community in Topanga Canyon California. They have everything they could need and more but aren’t happy. All the Mexican couple want is an apartment and steady work to raise the baby Americo is having. Kyra is a realtor who hates the illegals hanging around looking for work. It brings property values down. Delaney is torn between wanting to live in an ungated neighborhood but also is angry with the illegals for trespassing. It’s a problem that gets everyone angry and violent. Sad story.

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