Back to Blood

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Random House, Oct 25, 2012 - Fiction - 720 pages
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The Bonfire of the Vanities author, Tom Wolfe, ingeniously dissects the turbulent heart of America’s racial vortex in this exhilarating tale of sweltering Miami

As the police boat speeds across Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the scene is set for Officer Nestor Camacho’s great moment of heroism. Except that in this feverous melting pot of a city, Nestor's one act of heroism can be seen as an utter betrayal of his Cuban roots.

As Nestor’s world disintegrates – his family disowns him, he can’t get a Cuban coffee without ugly stares, and his girlfriend Magdalena leaves him for her sex-addiction psychiatrist boss – his quest to right the wrongs brings him into contact with the full panorama of modern Miami. The Cuban mayor, a Yale-marinated journalist, the black police chief, the clueless baying art-buyers and an Anglo billionaire porn addict all come up for scrutiny in Tom Wolfe’s high-energy, scrupulous and hilarious reckoning with our times.

‘Back to Blood dazzles so much that you might want to read it through dark glasses’ Independent on Sunday

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User Review  - JamieBH - LibraryThing

Story: Just ok. I really really liked I am Charlotte Simmons and BoV but I felt like this story was a bit forced. Some people have complained that this novel is just a re-telling of BoV and Man in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

Tom Wolfe focuses on Miami in this novel and, as he has been known to do, paints a vivid and highly sharp-eyed fictional snapshot. An insipid newspaper editor, a young, hard-charging reporter, a super ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was the author of more than a dozen books, among them The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, I Am Charlotte Simmons and Back to Blood. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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