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Author
Tom Wolfe.
Publisher Little, Brown  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780316036313
Pages/Publication Date 704/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29639
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This fourth novel from the author of Bonfire of the Vanities and I Am Charlotte Simmons is a panoramic story of the new America, as seen in 21st-century Miami—an incisive, often hilarious reckoning with our times. As a police launch speeds across Biscayne Bay, with officer Nestor Camacho on board, Tom Wolfe is off and running, and soon introduces us to the Cuban mayor, the black police chief, a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; and an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse, who until recently was the love of Nestor's life. Here too are a refined, light-skinned young woman from Haiti and her Creole-spouting, gang-banger-stylin' little brother; a billionaire porn addict; "de-skilled" conceptual artists at the Miami Art Basel Fair; "spectators" at the annual Biscayne Bay regatta looking to crash the nightly orgies, yenta-heavy ex-New Yorkers at an "Active Adult" condo, and a nest of shady Russians.

"Within a masterfully strategized plot, Wolfe works his sardonic mojo to mock both prejudice and decadence and demolish the art world, reality TV, tawdry fame, and journalism in the digital age.... This is a shrewd, riling, and exciting tale of a volatile, diverse, sun-seared city where 'everybody hates everybody'."—Booklist (starred review)

"As if the 45 years from Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test to here hadn't passed, Wolfe is back to some old tricks, including an ever-shifting, sometimes untrustworthy point of view, dizzying pans from one actor to another and rat-a-tat prose.... A welcome pleasure from an old master."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 
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