Published in 1995, The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle is still as timely today in its exploration of the dilemmas of illegal immigration. Boyle does not judge, does not side, he merely presents his story -- the sad reality of people trying to achieve the American dream. Set in Los Angeles, on one side are the Mexican illegal aliens struggling with poverty and dehumanization, yet holding on to the hope of a better life, while on the other are the California residents caught in a cycle of fear, mistrust and the need to protect their achievement. Cándido and his wife, pregnant América, are
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