Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Tortilla Curtain by T,C, Boyle

My rating: 4.8

Two couples – Delayne & Kyra, a writer and real estate broker, and their son live in Topanga Canyon trying to live the American dream and Mexican Illegals Candido and America cling to making their vision of the American dream come true.  

Yes, both sides are very polarized and Candido has more bad luck than befalls most people in 10 lifetimes but, what was amazing to me is how real the author makes all of these characters when three of them are very unlikeable and I only felt compassion for America.  This could be a very controversial novel for a bookclub discussion and yet I think it would be so good.


  1. Elle, thank you for including this book on your blog. It isn't one that I would have ever taken a second look at in the library or on Amazon. It was a really good read. I enjoyed it and have recommended it to other readers already. Again, thanks!

    1. I thought I wrote back to you Laney but don't see my reply so forgive me if this is a repeat. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed Tortilla Curtain! I thought it was not only a good story but amazing writing and I definitely want to read more by Boyle.