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© T. Coraghessan Boyle, 1995
Printed on acid-free paper.

Dedication: "For Pablo and Theresa Campos"

Acknowledgements: " The author would like to thank Bill Sloniker, Tony Colby and James Kaufman for their assistance in gathering material for this book."

Epigraph: "They ain't human.  A human being wouldn't live like they do.  A human being couldn't stand it to be so dirty and miserable." --John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

Readers' Guide to "The Tortilla Curtain"

Ambriz, Mary Carmen Sánchez.  En espagñol: from Mexico comes T. Coraghessan Boyle ¿Esto es América?  Siempre!-Cultura 2443: 13 mayo 2000.

Anonymous.  Circling Paranoia and Longing for ParadiseThe Bridge, 1996.  <>

Averbach, Margara.  Un muro de silencio.    Clarín Digital 30 de mayo de 1999. <>

Barberena, Miguel.  T.C Boyle: El muro de  tortilla.  Excélsior Arena  5 diciembre 1999.  <> 

Basbanes, Nicholas A.  Boyle's "Tortilla Curtain" Has Bite.   Salt Lake City Tribune  7 January 1996.

Benner, Marc.  ... von Koyoten und Mexikanern; América von T.C. Boyle  Matices No. 12, Winter 1996/97.

Braniste, Lili.  Opération de nettoyage [America]  Lire, Critiques/r o m a n s   é t r a n g e r s 14 mai 1997.

Birnbaum, Jane.  "To Live and Discriminate in L.A.; It's us vs. them, natives vs. immigrants, haves vs. have-nots: The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle."  Los Angeles Times  24 September 1995.

Cogan, Alan.  Cogan's Reviews: The Tortilla Curtain.  Mexico Direct no date.

Craig, Amanda.  "Wetbacks' Comeback."  Times of London  7 December 1995.

de Waard, Ellen.  A review in Dutch: Tortilla gordijn.Lokaal Kabaal 15, februari 1996.

Donath, Reinhard.  The Tortilla Curtain: A Digital Scrapbook.   German site on the book and the topic of illegal immigration created by Reinhard Donath's pupils of English.

Eggers, David.A Contemporary Fable About Immigration; Boyle abandons his antic style in novel of rich and poor in Los Angeles.  San Francisco Chronicle 10 September 1995.

Giffin, Glenn."Author Boyle Sees Doom for Human Race." Denver Post 16 October 1995.

Hartigan, Patti.  "A literary hooligan grows up; But T. Coraghessan Boyle knows his new novel will make more trouble."  Boston Globe  24 September 1995.

Hughes, John.  "T.C. Boyle Has No Apologies for 'Tortilla Curtain'."   Sacramento Bee 24 September 1995.

Immigration, Politik und die Kunst, das zu tun, was keiner erwarter!  German web interview Snap, Popsprite  no date.

Kißling, Kristian.  Tom Coraghessan Boyle: "America." Rezension, Literatur-eZine 16 July 2000. <>

Lappin, Tom.  Read an interview with TCB about the Tortilla Curtain in Text Mex.The Scotsman 10  November 1995.

Les prix Médicis 1997, Prix Médicis étranger: T.C. Boyle pour América.

Lezard, Nicholas.  A feral family and other animals.  Times Literary Supplement, London  27 October 1995.

Lindgren, John Erik Bøe.  Our first Norwegian link!  Boyle - en effektiv storyteller «Tortilla på grensen».Dagbladet  4 Januar 1997.

Lindgren, John Erik Bøe.  Norwegian link #2; same as the first, different source Ego-Samfunnet Avkledd [T. Coraghessan Boyle:TORTILLA PÅ GRENSEN.]  VGnett 16.12.1996.

Loose, Julian.  "Estate Agent Heaven."  Sunday Times of London  22 October 1995.

Mesler, Corey.  "Boyle Applies New Earnestness to Effective Screed on Racism."  Commercial Appeal (Memphis)  8 October 1995.

Nichols, John."Novelist, Satirist, Canoeist on Lake Mendota." Madison Capital Times  20 October 1995.

The North Star Book Group of Newark, Del., reviews "The Tortilla Curtain." by T. Coraghessan Boyle.  Philadelphia Inquirer Book Club 26 March 2000.

Penzel, Matthias.  T. C. Boyle, "America" - Der Saloppe von Santa Barbara.  Talent und Technik, Politik und Satire...und seinen zum Zeitpunkt des Interviews geplanten Roman - Riven Rock, [German web interview]   Carpe Librum  no date.

Our first link in Portuguese, from Brazil: Trombada cultural: América expõe contrastes entre americanos e gringos.ISTOÉ  29 April 1998.

Second Portuguese link: a review of América - T. Coraghessan Boyle.

Schnabel, Sabine.   Basically, I'm a Sophisticated Guy; Interview with T. C. Boyle About the Future, Declining Sperm Counts, and His Latest Novel. Twin Peaks: Issue 4 1997.

Shelden, Michael.  "Just an old-fashioned novelist at heart: Michael Shelden meets the upstanding, taxpaying punk novelist, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and is intrigued by his flamboyant showmanship."   London Daily Telegraph 11 November 1995.

Singer, Dale.  "Literature's Messiah; Novelist T. Coraghessan Boyle Wants You to Read His Books - and Everyone Else's."  St. Louis Post-Dispatch 1 November 1995.

Sipchen, Bob.  "The Wise Guy; No One Escapes the Sting Of Writer T. Coraghessan Boyle's Satire. This Time, Rich Angelinos -- a Breed He's Quite Familiar with -- Are the Ones Feeling It."    Los Angeles Times  20 August 1995.

Spencer,  Scott. The Pilgrim of Topanga Creek; "The Tortilla Curtain" by T. Coraghessan Boyle.New York Times Book Review  3 September1995.

Tapia, Andrés T.   A Latino take on T. Coraghessan Boyle's The Tortilla Curtain.  Regeneration Magazine no date.

Jef Tombeur has uncovered an essay called Coyote--I feel a little guilty about posting "Free Term Papers," but this one is about "The Tortilla Curtain" so we'll just pretend to look the other way. (ChuckIII's College Resources,

Tortorello, Michael.  California DreamingMinneapolis/St. Paul City Pages  18 October 1995.  <>

Tucker, Carol.  Down and Out in Topanga; There's nothing flat about The Tortilla Curtain. University of Southern California Chronicle  25 September 1995.

Walsh, Rachel.  "Tortilla Connection" reveals cultural bias. The Cavalier Daily, University of Virginia 8  September 1995.

Widemann, Dominique.  Le Cas d'oncle Tom [French web interview.]   LeWeb d'Humanité 30 mai 1997.  <>.

Widemann, Dominique.  Politiquement non correct; [América].  Le Web de l'Humanité 30 mai 1997.

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