The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle

The book in question explores the intersecting lives of two couples in Southern California: a wealthy, nature-loving pair and an undocumented Mexican couple who have come to the United States in search of a better life. Their worlds collide when the Mexican man is involved in a car accident with the American man, setting off a chain of events that highlights the stark contrasts and deep-seated prejudices between their disparate existences. The narrative delves into themes of immigration, the American Dream, racism, and environmentalism, painting a complex portrait of the challenges and moral dilemmas faced by individuals on both sides of the socio-economic and cultural divide.

The 2209th greatest book of all time

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Total Points: 250

Since this book was first published in 1995, there is a penalty of 33.6%. The age adjusted score is 166.0.

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