Back to Blood

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, October 2012

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2012

An Amazon Top 10 Book, October 2012

SoundCommentary.com’s The Best of the Best, 2013

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.

Editorial Reviews

“A soapy, gripping, and sometimes glib novel.”

New York Times

“Wolfe remains as skillful as ever in texturing the novel’s terrain, from the ‘prairie of concrete’ formed by Hialeah’s front yards to a tired retirement complex up in Broward County where ‘the little iron balconettes and the aluminum frames for the sliding doors looked as if they were about to fall off and die in a pile.”

New York Times Book Review

“This is a shrewd, riling, and exciting tale of a volatile, divisive, sun-seared city where ‘everybody hates everybody.’” 

Booklist (starred review)

“Wolfe returns to fine form with this zingy, mile-a-minute novel of life in the weird confines of Miami…A welcome pleasure from an old master and the best from his pen in a long while.” 

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Actor Lou Diamond Phillips portrays Nestor Comacho, a man with both pride in his heritage and a thirst to be fully assimilated into America’s ever-changing culture. Ultimately, he performs a death-defying act that is perceived as heroic in the white community and as a betrayal in the Latin community. Phillips relishes the dramatic pauses and changes pace to match Nestor’s inner struggle and frustrations.”

AudioFile

“Wolfe creates his own Miami sound machine—noisy, chaotic, infused with tropical rhythms, and fueled by the American dream.”

Publishers Weekly

“Wolfe, Master of the New Journalism Universe, has done his homework and done it well.”

Miami Herald

“[Wolfe] has not lost his gift for panoramic presentation; Back to Blood surges with its large ensemble cast of Floridians and immigrants with mixed histories and conflicting agendas. This sun-bronzed band of sailors, crack dealers, art enthusiasts, porn addicts, insomniacs, and love-struck romantics keep the fiction bristling with meaning even as the action moves forward.”

Barnes & Noble, editorial review

“Actor Lou Diamond Phillips does full justice to Wolfe’s sprawling, multicharacter novel of present day Miami, with its amazing mixture of ethnicities and cultures. He can handle Cubans, African Americans, Russians, Haitians, and even elderly retired New Yorkers with ease and authority.” 

SoundCommentary.com

Back to Blood is a return to form, a work that solidifies Wolfe’s stature as one of the best. Using his incisive journalistic skills, his flair for the cinematic moment, and his laugh-out-loud sense of humor, Wolfe takes the disparate types in and around Miami to create a tapestry of memorable scenes and characters. The result is entertaining, revealing, and perhaps even bigger than the sum of its parts. This is a book that will do for Miami what Wolfe’s mega-hit The Bonfire of the Vanities did for New York.”

Amazon.com, editorial review

Author Biography

Tom Wolfe, Virginia-born journalist and author of more than a dozen books, has been called “the inventor of the New Journalism—and possessor of the age’s most distinctive prose style.” Among his best-known books are such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities. He lives in New York City.

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Reader Biography

Lou Diamond Phillips is an accomplished actor with numerous film, television, and theater credits. Among his films are La Bamba, Young Guns, and Young Guns II.

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