Hector Tobar, now a weekly columnist for the "Los Angeles Times," ""is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a novelist. He is the author of "Translation Nation "and "The Tattooed Soldier. "The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is a native of the city of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and three children.
""The Barbarian Nurseries" is a book of extraordinary scope and extraordinary power. Hector Tobar's second novel sweeps its central character from almost-serfdom and sends her on an odyssey through the teeming mysteries of Los Angeles and the wild jungles of the California judicial system . . . Tobar, a Los Angeles Times columnist, moves nimbly in and out of the minds of a host of characters, viewing even those who seem on the surface the least sympathetic with an awed authorial tenderness. The chief surprise of "The Barbarian Nurseries" is that, despite the social and ethnic schisms it so acutely explores, it turns out to be such a warm novel." --"Los Angeles Times"""The Barbarian Nurseries" is a dark, poignant and hilarious tale of a family maid in Southern California who tries to hold things together as a marriage falls apart . . . That Tobar is so evenhanded, so compassionate, so downright smart, should place his new novel on everyone's must-read list." --"The Seattle Times""In his ambitious second novel, "The Barbarian Nurseries," Hector Tobar plants issues both timely and timeless--race, class, mixed marriage, immigration, servitude, parenting--and raises them up from the fertile narrative soil of Southern California . . . [His] writing continually creates moments of uncommon magic." --"ELLE" ""The Barbarian Nurseries," in stylistic homage to Charles Dickens, Tom Wolfe and T. C. Boyle, paints a rich Panavision place and time as sprawling and paradoxical as its subject . . . Tobar has crafted an illuminating parable for this historical moment, and an entertaining one, and provided a social mirror within which are faces we need to understand, and face." --"The Buffalo News""Hector Tobar's "The Barbarian Nurseries" is that rare novel that redefines a city. It has the necessary vital sweep of culture and class that brings a city to life, but its power lies in Tobar's ability to persuasively change the perspective from which the Los Angeles of thes