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The Tortilla Curtain: Introduction
The Tortilla Curtain: Plot Summary
The Tortilla Curtain: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Tortilla Curtain: Themes
The Tortilla Curtain: Quotes
The Tortilla Curtain: Characters
The Tortilla Curtain: Symbols
The Tortilla Curtain: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of T. Coraghessan Boyle
Historical Context of The Tortilla Curtain
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- Full Title: The Tortilla Curtain
- Where Written: California
- When Published: 1995
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Contemporary fiction
- Setting: The private community of Arroyo Blanco Estates, in a suburb of Los Angeles; the nearby Topanga Canyon. Early 1990s.
- Climax: Topanga Creek floods and Delaney, Cándido, América, and Socorro are all swept away by the water
- Point of View: The novel is written in close third person, with the perspective shifting between the four protagonists: Delaney, Cándido, América, and Kyra.
Extra Credit for The Tortilla Curtain
Nature Nut. In a New York Times interview he gave in 2015, Boyle described himself as “mad for nature writing.” He said, “I want to get inside the head of every creature in the world, even ants.” In The Tortille Curtain, Delaney is a nature writer.
Author or Rock Star? In 1993, along with singer-songwriter Patti Smith, Boyle gave a free performance in Central Park, which was attended by seven thousand people. Boyle has said that the term “reading” connotes boredom and “intellectual duty.” “I want to give a show,” he has said.