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Back to Blood

A Novel
Wolfe, Tom (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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A colorful cast of residents and visitors to Miami go about their daily activities, both legal and illegal. This is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. The police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay with officer Nestor Camacho on board. Into the feverous landscape of the city, he introduces the Cuban mayor, the black police chief, a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse by day, loin lock by night-until lately, the love of Nestor's life; a refined, and oh-so-light-skinned young woman from Haiti and her Creole-spouting, black-gang-banger-stylin' little brother; a billionaire porn addict, crack dealers in the 'hoods, "de-skilled" conceptual artists at the Miami Art Basel Fair, "spectators" at the annual Biscayne Bay regatta looking only for that night's orgy, yenta-heavy ex-New Yorkers at an "Active Adult" condo, and a nest of shady Russians.
Authors: Wolfe, Tom
Title: Back to blood
a novel
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 704 p. ;,25 cm
Summary: A colorful cast of residents and visitors to Miami go about their daily activities, both legal and illegal. This is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. The police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay with officer Nestor Camacho on board. Into the feverous landscape of the city, he introduces the Cuban mayor, the black police chief, a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse by day, loin lock by night-until lately, the love of Nestor's life; a refined, and oh-so-light-skinned young woman from Haiti and her Creole-spouting, black-gang-banger-stylin' little brother; a billionaire porn addict, crack dealers in the 'hoods, "de-skilled" conceptual artists at the Miami Art Basel Fair, "spectators" at the annual Biscayne Bay regatta looking only for that night's orgy, yenta-heavy ex-New Yorkers at an "Active Adult" condo, and a nest of shady Russians.
Alternate Title: Back to blood
ISBN: 0316036315
9780316036313
Statement of Responsibility: Tom Wolfe
Subject Headings: Miami (Fla.) Fiction Emigration and immigration Fiction
Genre/Form: Political fiction
Topical Term: Emigration and immigration
LCCN: 2012019545
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Feb 17, 2014
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very funny, insightful novel about various ethnic groups in Miami. The main character a 2nd generation Cuban police officer is very sympathetic as is the African American Chief of Police. The reader also meets Russian mob members, Haitians, and a very obnoxious social-climbing psychiatrist. It's a riot. Wolfe captures American societies like nobody else. Hooray.

Aug 03, 2013
  • susanchyn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Listened to audio book and found myself literally laughing out loud a dozen times. Very, very funny satire of just about everyone in Miami, including Yalies and snowbird Yentas.

Mar 02, 2013
  • PaigeWoodward rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This could have been written by anyone who writes bodice rippers or Hollywood exposes. Tom Wolfe does or did know how to write. Cynical cliche upon cynical cliche. Bah.

I loved this book. It reminds me all of the other great Tom Wolfe books, with great characters, and wonderful dialogue. If you have liked any of his other books, do read this one.

This book was better than reviews lead me to believe. It is novelized social commentary on Miami. I found it extremely interesting read that way as opposed to really looking for a strong story line.

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