Back to Blood

Back to Blood

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"[Thomas Wolfe] takes on Miami, which, as one character declares, is not America. Wolfe's pizzazz and obsessions are on peacock display, from slapstick action to ironic stereotypes to photorealist settings, including smugly trendy restaurants, a gated island, the bawdy Biscayne Bay regatta, and the prestigious annual exhibition, Art Basel Miami. The king and queen in his chess-set cast of characters are two young Cuban Americans determined to ascend above the modest homes and rigid mindsets of their Little Havana neighborhood."--Booklist.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316036313
0316036315
0316224243
9780316224246
Characteristics: x, 704 p. ; 25 cm.

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tirjan
Jan 05, 2017

Loved it! On a par with Bonfire of the Vanities and better than A Man in Full. But this is more current (2012) and in many ways more relevant. If the do a movie on this I hope the producer does a better job that was done on Bonfire. That was a great book but the movie was weak tea; it completely skipped over some of the best characters and subplots.
Bonfire was NYC, Man was Atlanta and Back to Blood is Miami and Wolfe captures the essence of it very well. Some of his characterizations are over the top and too long but otherwise it is a very enjoyable read.

patienceandfortitude Feb 17, 2014

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.

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susanchyn
Aug 03, 2013

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.

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PaigeWoodward
Mar 02, 2013

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.

bobo919 Dec 31, 2012

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.

6ATE4are Dec 26, 2012

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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