03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Tom Wolfe Leaves Longtime Publisher For New Novel About Miami

Tom Wolfe is working on a new novel set in Miami called Back to Blood, which will be published in 2009 by Little, Brown.

According to a press release, the book would deal with "class, family, wealth, race, crime, sex, corruption, and ambition." The overriding theme, though, based on an interview with Mr. Wolfe, will be Miami's immigrant population, which he said includes Cubans, Nicaraguans, Haitians, and Russians.

"My original subject was just immigration, not from any policy point of view, but just curiosity about what the life of recent immigrants is like, and how they feel when they come up against American culture or Americans in general," Mr. Wolfe said. "As far as I can tell there is no other city in the world [besides Miami] where more than half the population are people who arrived here within the last 50 years."

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