A car salesman, visited twice by Delaney: first, after he hits Cándido with his car, and second, after his car is stolen. Kenny is goofy and focused almost exclusively on making sales. Like almost every other white character in the novel, Kenny is casually racist. When Delaney’s car is stolen, Kenny tells him: “Don’t get me wrong—I’m not blaming it all on the Mexicans. […] It’s everybody—Salvadorians, I-ranians, Russians, Vietnamese.”
Kenny Grissom Character Timeline in The Tortilla Curtain
The timeline below shows where the character Kenny Grissom appears in The Tortilla Curtain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1
The narration shifts to Delaney’s perspective. His car having been stolen, Delaney is back at Kenny Grissom’s dealership. Grissom tells Delaney that car theft “happens all the time,” and Delaney thinks:... (full context)