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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

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

Reviews

Classic Wolfe. A delight

William Leith, Evening Standard

Epic, hectic, satirical… It’s scathing, funny, and has great set-piece scenes

Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday

Contemporary Miami gets the Wolfe treatment in a grand, sweeping satire on race, class, lust and immigration

Sunday Telegraph

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    9780099578536

    September 2, 2013

    Vintage

    720 pages

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    9781448138845

    October 25, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    720 pages

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Also by Tom Wolfe

The Kingdom of Speech
Hooking Up
The Bonfire of the Vanities
The Right Stuff
I Am Charlotte Simmons
The Purple Decades
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby
A Man In Full
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

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The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Midnight's Children
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Tiger Men
The Bear and The Nightingale
Swing Time
Breath
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
On Chesil Beach
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles