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, a Haitian professor whose ambitions to be French are thwarted by his Creole-spouting son, 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.
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If this novel were rushed into A&E, it would immediately be put under heavy sedatipm. - Sunday Times
There is more dynamism, risk-taking and crazed energy in Wolfe’s writing than in all the Brit novels I’ve read this year. - Guardian
Back to Blood, a remarkable feat for a writer now 81, gives Miami the full Tom Wolfe treatment... Nobody else writes like this and it is still an astonishingly extravagant performance. - Evening Standard
Tom Wolfe...remains The Dude when it comes to surveying the crazed, bracing absurdities of our national life… Back to Blood is marked by both Wolfe’s stylistic freneticim and his formidable reportorial gifts… Beginning his ninth decade, Tom Wolfe has brio to burn. - The Times
Mr Wolfe’s satirical aim at the debauchery and landscape of avarice and arrogance is gleefully accurate. - The Economist
[A] huge, very loud [new novel], MOSTLY IN CAPITALS, from Tom Wolfe, Back to Blood. - Guardian
He is, still, at his best in the thick of a crowd, a master of group dynamics, at once in breathless close-up and sudden wide-angle. - Observer
For Christmas, I will give to dinner party conversationalists:... Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood. - Daily Telegraph
What really drives all this is Wolfe’s extraordinary style. - Metro
As broad and panoramic as ever. - Mail on Sunday
There are some dazzling satirical riffs and politically incorrect laughs. - Sunday Express
Wolfe’s prose is as punchy as ever. - Time Out
Energetically set against the deco licentiousness of Florida’s steamiest party capital. - Vogue
Class, family, wealth and corruption are all themes in this examination of life in Miami. - Sunday Business Post
[Tells] us about the way we live now... enjoyable. - Spectator
Classic Wolfe. A delight - Evening Standard
Epic, hectic, satirical… It’s scathing, funny, and has great set-piece scenes - Independent on Sunday
Contemporary Miami gets the Wolfe treatment in a grand, sweeping satire on race, class, lust and immigration - Sunday Telegraph
Tom Wolfe is 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, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his BA at Washington and Lee University and a PhD in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.