The Barbarian Nurseries: A Novel Paperback

The Barbarian Nurseries: A Novel Paperback

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Winner of the California Book Award for Fiction
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller


Best Book of the Year Lists
The New York Times Book Review  Los Angeles Times
San Francisco Chronicle  The Boston Globe


Scott and Maureen Torres-Thompson have always relied on others to run their Orange County home. But when bad investments crater their bank account, it all comes down to Araceli: their somewhat prickly Mexican maid. One night, an argument between the couple turns physical, and a misunderstanding leaves the children in Araceli's care. Their parents unreachable, she takes them to central Los Angeles in the hopes of finding Scott's estranged Mexican father---an earnest quest that soon becomes a colossal misadventure, with consequences that ripple through every strata of the sprawling city. Héctor Tobar's The Barbarian Nurseries is a masterful tale of contemporary Los Angeles, a novel as alive as the city itself.