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Nov. 6 2012
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.

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PRAISE FOR TOM WOLFE:

Bonfire of the Vanities (1987):

"A big, bitter, funny, craftily plotted book that grabs you by the lapels and won't let go."—New York Times Book Review

"A superb human comedy and the first novel ever to get contemporary New York, in all its arrogance and shame and heterogeneity and insularity, exactly right."—Washington Post Book World

A Man in Full (1998):

"The novel contains passages as powerful and as beautiful as anything written--not merely by contemporary American novelists but by any American novelist....The book is as funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting."—New York Times Book Review

I Am Charlotte Simmons (2004):

"Wolfe is one of the greatest literary stylists and social observers of our much observed postmodern era....A rich, wise, absorbing, and irresistible novel."—Lev Grossman, Time

"Wolfe's dialogue is some of the finest in literature, not just fast but deep. He hears the cacophony of our modern lives."—Los Angeles Times

"Brilliant...I couldn't stop reading it....Tom Wolfe can make words dance and sing and perform circus tricks, he can make the reader sigh with pleasure."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post

About the Author

Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them such bestselling contemporary classics as 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 B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Blood, Yes! July 24 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A Cuban cop who rescues an illegal immigrant from the top of a boat's seventy-five foot mast is castigated not only by his own family but by the whole Cuban community for doing so,( because the immigrant swam to the boat and never touched land, he is classified as a Wet Foot and as such can be shipped back to where he came from, which in this case is Cuba. On the other hand had he touched land or anything connected to it such as the bridge near the mast, he would be a Dry Foot and therefore go through the whole illegal immigrant process which could take forever). A Russian emigrant donates seventy million dollars worth of art to a museum built and named for him, the art turns out to be fake. A video of Cuban cops apparently assaulting and hurling racial slurs at a black drug dealer, goes viral. A sexy young female finds the high life isn't all it's cracked up to be. A psychiatrist specializing in pornography addiction treats a billionaire with herpes and is interviewed on 60 Minutes; these and other characters populate Wolfe's cutting, satirical, entertaining novel.

The art market and clueless collectors, municipal and racial politics, strip clubs and reality shows, the Press and law firms (...Mangelmann and Pizzonia), Old Folks Homes ( or rather Assisted Care Centers for the Active Adult, active meaning " not dead"), all these are skewered by Wolfe's rapier pen.

The action takes place in Miami, but it could be any American city,

This is Tom Wolfe at his best, reminding us of the hypocritical, politically correct, screwed up world we live in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written like flowing water June 8 2013
Format:Hardcover
i really enjoy reading this book. i had been disappointed with a previous book by Wolfe but decided to give him another try. his characters are rich and believable. The prose however is smooth like flowing water. The book is well worth the purchase. i am going to keep Wolfe on my reading list and look forward to reading some of his other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Blood April 10 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Back to Blood. An under-rated Wolfe novel. Engaging and fun on par with Bonfires of the Vanities. A great read
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2.0 out of 5 stars I despair of American society! Nov. 25 2012
By julov
Format:Hardcover
I love Tom Wolfe's novels but as an Englishwoman living in Canada, I'm a bit taken aback by his portrayal of contemporary American society(See my review on "I am Charlotte Simmons"),
"Back to blood" reads like a fantasy novel for anyone who's never been to Miami! Are people really so horrible? I despair of the human race!
But that's ok because of course you don't read novels about nice people. I thought the same about Charlotte Simmons........... are Americans really so snobbish? Thank goodness I don't live there!
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things." -- Matthew 12:35 (NKJV)

Your reaction to this book will depend on your tastes in satire. Done best, satire decapitates its subjects almost bloodlessly. It's also quick and thorough. Tom Wolfe seems to feel that we won't get the point unless he develops the satire from many different angles, many of which repeat the lesson of the last angle. I also find that satire that's describing what's close to the reality of someone you've met also works better. The characters here are almost satires of satires due to being so remote from what most people are like.

To me, the result is a book that's bloated to such an extent that it loses steam due to being overweight.

I almost got the feeling that the author was trying to outdo Carl Hiaasen on his home ground. Now, that would be a tough thing to do ... and it certainly wasn't carried off, if that were the intent.

The novel is saved from being without redeeming qualities by having three characters that show some integrity. Naturally, that's not much to build a story around when almost everyone else is so flagrantly without an ounce of integrity.

While I can hardly claim to be a citizen of Miami, my extended visits over many decades have shown me a much healthier and more successfully integrated society than Mr. Wolfe describes. Consequently, the writing, while funny, just didn't ring true. Such satire doesn't work for me.
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