The Barbarian Nurseries
Publication Date: September 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Reading Group List
“Tobar has written an incredibly timely novel about a Southern California family and their live-in maid in the throes of an economic downturn and a troubled marriage. Araceli is the last of the hired help in the Torres-Thompson house, who is now charged with all of the housework as well as minding the children. Following a disturbing chain of events, Araceli is left alone with the two boys, and after unsuccessfully exhausting the emergency contact list, she heads off in search of the boys' grandfather. Their journey and the end result is an incredibly observant and perfectly written story of our country's difficult situation with undocumented workers. Highly recommended!”
-- Sherri Gallentine, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
- What were your initial impressions of the Torres-Thompson family and Araceli? How did yourunderstanding of them change throughout the novel?