Books by Héctor Tobar

The son of Guatemalan immigrants, Héctor Tobar is a National Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and was part of the writing team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 riots. He holds an MFA from the University of California at Irvine and


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Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh."
The mind-boggling story of 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for 10 weeks. Read full book review >
THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES by Héctor Tobar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A lively novel that examines both edgy stereotypes and uncomfortable truths."
Bad parenting and Hispanics working in Southern California are at the core of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tobar's novel. Read full book review >
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Released: April 7, 2005

"A plea for transnational identity in the spirit of Tobar's hero, Che Guevara."
An apt collection of essays exploring the increasing prevalence of Hispanic culture in North America, by an L.A. journalist now based in Argentina. Read full book review >
THE TATTOOED SOLDIER by Héctor Tobar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 1998

"Tobar's characters are thin, but his tale not only vividly reenacts the horror of death-squad victims everywhere, but also sheds an honest and even light on the stark realities facing the homeless—and many immigrants—in America."
California journalist Tobar's disturbing debut neatly and credibly brings two Guatemalan adversaries together by chance on the streets of Los Angeles, where they play out the endgame of a deadly struggle begun in their homeland. Read full book review >