The Tortilla Curtain
by T. C. Boyle
When wealthy nature writer Delaney Mossbacher collides with illegal immigrant Candido Rincon on the Topanga Canyon freeway, the stage is set for a larger collision between the rich and the poor who occupy the same L.A. canyon but find themselves on opposite sides of the tortilla curtain. This gritty novel explores social, political, and economic issues concerning immigration, discrimination, responsibility, and the darker sides of the American Dream.
Critics have compared this novel to John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Voltaire's Candide, calling it "...profound and tragic," "...funny and serious," "...horrifying and horrific," and "...a thundering good read."