The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Recommended by Penny Taylor
Manager, Poway Branch
Topanga Canyon residents Delaney & Kyra Mossbacher live a privileged life in an exclusive, gated community. They are self-described liberals and consider themselves open-minded and fair. But, they find their ideology hard to live up to as their community sees an influx of Mexican immigrants looking for work – and a place to camp away from the border patrol. Candido and America Rincon are seeking an opportunity to make a better life for themselves, and they are saving any money they make for an apartment. Meanwhile, they are homeless and living in the canyon. A series of misunderstandings, unfortunate confrontations and accidents bring the two couples together. First published in 1995, T.C. Boyle’s story still resonates.