Back To Blood (Hardcover)
|Author: Tom Wolfe|
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A big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now.
As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay-with officer Nestor Camacho on board-Tom Wolfe is off and running. 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. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous bestselling novels, BACK TO BLOOD is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.
Tom Wolfe, born Thomas Kennerley, began his writing career as a correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune in the early 1960s, and was an early practitioner of what came to be known as the New Journalism. His works from that period have been collected in THE KANDY-COLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY (1965) and THE ELECTRIC ACID KOOLAID TEST (1968). He began writing fiction in the 1980s. His best-selling novel, THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES (1987), about the effects of greed and materialism on 1980s New York City, was made into a unsuccessful movie. Wolfe believes that novelists should return to the ambitious social criticism of the great 19th-century writers like Balzac and Dickens.
"A soapy, gripping and sometimes glib novel...that also stars two characters who attest to Mr. Wolfe's new and improved ability to conjure fully realized people....[Wolfe] depicts them with genuine sympathy, using their earnest idealism as a prism by which to view the pretensions, social climbing and Machiavellian manipulation that burbles all around them." - Michiko Kakutani 10/19/2012 "Wolfe remains an irresistibly entertaining crafter of narrative, and even at the imposing 700 pages BACK TO BLOOD zips along." 10/26/2012