Audie® Award for Best Narration by the Author
Winner of the Prix Medicis Entranger
The price of the American Dream... two parallel worlds collide in tragic-comic social satire.
Topanga Canyon is home to two couples unwillingly enrolled on a crash course about values what is really important in life.
Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacker lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: he is a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor.
Mexican illegals Candido and América Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine.
From the moment a freak accident brings Cándido and Delany into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.
Booklist: "This highly engaging story subtly plays on our consciences, forcing us to form, confirm, or dispute social, political, and moral viewpoints....Boyle manages to address these issues in a nonjudgmental fashion, depicting the vast inequity in the characters’ parallel existences."
Times Literary Supplement: "Boyle’s style is punctuated with fire-cracker metaphors, a showy extravagance with obscurities of language and an easy mediation between hard fact and invention."
Newsweek: “A rich and moving novel about the price of the American dream by America’s most imaginative contemporary novelist.”
AudioFile: "T. C. Boyle’s intimate connection to this story provides the precise character interpretation necessary for a high-energy and entertaining performance. His inclination for sarcasm, humor, and a wide range of emotions illuminates the turmoil behind the complicated national immigration issue."