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3.0016077170418 out of 53.0016077170418 out of 53.0016077170418 out of 53.0016077170418 out of 53.0016077170418 out of 5 3.00 (1,244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hector Tobar Narrator: Frankie J. Alvare Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The great panoramic social novel that Los Angeles deserves - a 21st-century, West Coast Bonfire of the Vanities by the only writer qualified to capture the city in all its glory and complexity.

With The Barbarian Nurseries, Héctor Tobar gives our most misunderstood metropolis its great contemporary novel, taking us beyond the glimmer of Hollywood and deeper than camera-ready crime stories to reveal Southern California life as it really is, across its vast, sunshiny sprawl of classes, languages, dreams, and ambitions.

Araceli is the live-in maid in the Torres-Thompson household - one of three Mexican employees in a Spanish-style house with lovely views of the Pacific. She has been responsible strictly for the cooking and cleaning, but the recession has hit, and suddenly Araceli is the last Mexican standing - unless you count Scott Torres, though you'd never suspect he was half Mexican but for his last name and an old family photo with central LA in the background. The financial pressure is causing the kind of fights that even Araceli knows the children shouldn't hear, and then one morning, after a particularly dramatic fight, Araceli wakes to an empty house - except for the two Torres-Thompson boys, little aliens she's never had to interact with before. Their parents are unreachable, and the only family member she knows of is Señor Torres, the subject of that old family photo. So she does the only thing she can think of and heads to the bus stop to seek out their grandfather. It will be an adventure, she tells the boys. If she only knew.

With a precise eye for the telling detail and an unerring way with character, soaring brilliantly and seamlessly among a panorama of viewpoints, Tobar calls on all of his experience - as a novelist, a father, a journalist, a son of Guatemalan immigrants, and a native Angeleno - to deliver a novel as broad, as essential, as alive as the city itself.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Natalie Sansores | 2/18/2014

    " Great book, great story line, interesting thoughts on live in help and how much do you REALLY know about them? This was a book I couldn't put down and couldn't wait to pick back up again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nomi | 2/17/2014

    " Very well done. An undocumented Mexican nanny and her wealthy employers in Southern Cal. A misunderstanding/miscommunication creates a media event that momentarily divides the public----until the next catastrophe gets broadcasted. Tobar does an excellent job of giving us all the characters' perspectives. A great critique of the undocumented domestics situation with regard to gender, race, and socioeconomics without coming off as preachy. Very smart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathy | 1/23/2014

    " The author was angry, every character was angry, and I got angry reading this book. But I'm sure my book club discussion will be great! And to paraphrase Emperor Joseph II to Mozart re: The Marriage of Figaro....."too many words!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sandy L | 1/23/2014

    " This is similar to Tortilla Curtain -- about Southern California and the great divides that make the place what it is. Everyone should read this book. Well written - the author knows Los Angeles and areas around, as well as the people and politics of the area. "

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