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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page



PART ONE - Arroyo Blanco

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

PART TWO - EI Tenksgeevee

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4


Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

PART THREE - Socorro

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8




T. C. Boyle is the author of The Inner Circle, Drop City (a finalist for The National Book Award), A Friend of the Earth, Riven Rock, The Tortilla Curtain, The Road to Wellville, East Is East, World’s End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), Budding Prospects, Water Music, and seven collections of stories. In 1999, he was the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. His stories appear regularly in major American magazines, including The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, and Playboy. He lives near Santa Barbara, California. T. C. Boyle’s Web site is

Praise for The Tortilla Curtain

“It says a lot about T. Coraghessan Boyle’s new novel that so many generations of great satirists come to mind when reading it—from Swift to Twain to Waugh to Woody Allen, Boyle specifically evokes Voltaire.”

-The Baltimore Sun

“Boyle’s writing is irresistible and his sense of dramatic timing is impeccable.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Weaving social commentary into moving entertaining fiction is a job few writers can handle. Boyle does so here, admirably. Readers should not miss this latest work from an impressive talent.”

—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A compelling story of myopic misunderstanding and mutual tragedy.”

-Chicago Tribune

“Boyle’s sixth novel cements his place among the reigning pantheon of contemporary American fiction writers. (It’s one heck of a great read.)”

-Rocky Mountain News

“A panoramic slice of social realism ... incorporates all of Boyle’s themes: the impossibility of assimilation, the need for control, the increasing helplessness of white males.” -Vogue

“A tale that squeezes one last cup of vinegar from The Grapes of Wrath.”

-Portland Oregonian


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First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin,

a division of Penguin Books USA Inc. 1995

Published in Penguin Books 1996

Copyright © T. Coraghessan Boyle, 1995

All rights reserved

A portion of this work first appeared in the Los Angeles Times magazine.


This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of

the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living

or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

eISBN : 978-1-101-04260-1

I. Title.

PS3552.0932T67 1995

813’.54—dc20 95-1970

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