I'm a novelist, journalist, and a proud native of the city of Los Angeles.
My new novel, The Barbarian Nurseries, a tale of modern Southern California, is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux "This is a novel of Los Angeles, and maybe the finest we'll see for many years. It is also a novel that triumphantly transcends geography and delivers a stirring look at the borders of our expectations, both great and small." --Los Angeles Review of Books
“Tobar’s altogether strange and wonderful heroine…is proud, talented, bitter, bitterly funny, naive, imposing and severe. She’s unlike the hero of any novel I can remember reading…”--Bloomberg
“…a ripping novel—and a proper adventure yarn—about power and identity in 21st century California.” --San Francisco Chronicle
“The Barbarian Nurseries is a virtuosic and hard-hitting novel about social schism in Southern California…Tobar exposes disturbing and enlightening ironies about the perpetuation of both privilege and disadvantage.” --Times Literary Supplement.
“…brimming with interwoven stories that form a vibrant portrait of Los Angeles…a marvelous pastiche of social commentary ensconced in a family domestic drama.”--Booklist, (Starred Review)."The Barbarian Nurseries is a huge novel of this century, as sprawling and exciting as Los Angeles itself... A story that was demanded; we can celebrate that it is now here." --Dagoberto Gilb
My novel The Tattooed Soldier is published in paperback by Penguin Books and was a finalist for the PEN USA West Award for Fiction..
You can write to mehere.
If you've read one of his books, or his journalism, he'd love to hear from you.
The Barbarian Nurseries is published in the UK by Sceptre...
You can hear my interview with Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR's Morning Edition here.
...and will also be published in French by Belfond, in Italian by Stile Libero, in German by Piper Verlag, in Canada by Harper Collins Canada, and in an Audio Book version by Blackstone Audio.
I've also written many essays and several hundred newspaper stories. These days, I write a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times, my hometown newspaper--my father used to deliver it.
Some years back, I got an MFA in Creative Writing at the prestigious fiction writing program at UC Irvine.
And for a decade, I was a National and Foreign Correspondent for the L.A. Times. Below, a picture of me taken by one of my sons when I was the Mexico City Bureau Chief of the L.A. Times.
Click here to read my reporting from Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Iraq, Los Angeles and many other places around the world..