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Big Bad Wolfe

  • Jared Paul Stern

Tom Wolfe in Miami

The Man in White may have been robbed of his rightful place on *GQ*'s “50 Most Stylish Men of the Past 50 Years” list, but his new book deal will buy a lot of consolation trips to the tailor. Tom Wolfe just pocketed nearly $7 mil in advance money for his next novel, *Back to Blood*, about "class, family, wealth, race, crime, sex, corruption, and ambition in Miami, the city where America's future has arrived first."

It's quite a departure from his last book, *I Am Charlotte Simmons*, set amid the frat houses of a school suspiciously similar to Duke. The main theme of the new one is the cultural morass created by the immigration explosion, a topic Wolfe promises will be “red hot” by the time it's published in 2009. We'll have to take his word for that, but we find the prospect of the foppish author traipsing around the slovenly precincts of South Beach doing “research” endlessly amusing.


Tom Wolfe Leaves Longtime Publisher, Taking His New Book [NYT]

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