Welcome to Miami: A Novel

Welcome to Miami: A Novel

by Michael Largo
     
 
Miami has been called America�s tropical playground, Gateway to the Americas, and heralded as a glimpse into how the nation�s metropolitan areas will be in the future. It�s a unique city promising a dynamic blend of cultures. It is also the preferred destination of exiles and refugees seeking the American Dream. WELCOME TO MIAMI is a story narrated by Max, a

Overview

Miami has been called America�s tropical playground, Gateway to the Americas, and heralded as a glimpse into how the nation�s metropolitan areas will be in the future. It�s a unique city promising a dynamic blend of cultures. It is also the preferred destination of exiles and refugees seeking the American Dream. WELCOME TO MIAMI is a story narrated by Max, a native Floridian born in the Everglades telling of his time with one headline grabbing Cuban infiltrator, Emilio Garcia Abierto, an exile who first arrived with 125,000 other refugees during the Mariel exodus. Although WELCOME TO MIAMI could not get the Miami Tourist Board�s endorsement, it is an entertaining and insightful tale of Cubans, Miami, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the sun.

About The Author:
Michael Largo was born in New York, went to Brooklyn College, and has since traveled widely and worked in dozens of occupations that allowed him to continue his freelance photography and writing. His short stories have appeared in numerous Internet and literary magazines. He currently lives in Miami. This is his third novel.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Emilio Garcia Abierto is the Billy Pilgrim, the na ve innocent, at the heart of this mostly comic tale of a Mariel refugee who believes for two decades that he has been sent to America to operate as a James Bond-style super-spy for Fidel Castro. That's the joke that runs the length and depth of Largo's novel--though even more amusing is the possibility that Abierto (literal translation: open) might be correct. The narrative is told frame style, with Abierto's good friend Max, a Florida native, pitching Abierto's story to a movie "scout." Max is one of the regulars who hang out at Pecker's Bait & Tackle, and he trucks out refugees from downtown Miami to work for wealthy old man Manuel, one of the original landowners to flee Cuba when Castro came to power. Subplots include Tom Pecker's plan to "discover" a bigfoot in the Everglades, and Ma Pecker's resurgent sexuality. Largo nails the grudging and grungy treatment accorded the Marielitos by every ethnic slice of the Miami pie, and he lampoons American plenty, which plays a big role in events. Even Fidel, heavily veiled in cartoon disguises, makes an appearance at the ragged edge of the Everglades for the sake of lust and Cocoa Puffs. Throughout, Abierto never loses his movie-fueled belief in the glamour of being a spy, or his faith in Castro-style communism. The sincere, humorless Abierto's 20-year initiation into the American dream is a thin thread to hang a plot on, however. Since Largo can't resist the contrast between Florida's color-saturated atmosphere and its Darwinian realities, his tone veers from slapstick to serious and back again, and the novel fails to gain solid ground. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal - Library Journal
An enormously appealing, madcap spy story set among the eccentrics who populate southern Florida, Largo's third novel follows the career of Emilio Abierto, a Communist pawn assigned to infiltrate the Cuban migr community during the Mariel exodus of 1980. As a would-be secret agent, Abierto leads a double life, taking part in a series of misadventures even as he gradually adopts the lifestyle of the upwardly mobile emigrant, a tragicomic Everyman trying to survive the modern American Dream. Along the way, he falls in with Max, a native Floridian who serves as his guide and ultimately his rescuer in a d nouement that is as surprising as it is satisfying. Largo has managed to write a comic tour de force that is also a haunting meditation on loss and history. Recommended for large to medium public collections as well as academic libraries.--Philip Santo, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Publisher's Weekly
Largo�s rendering of Florida�s steamy side is convincingly squalid, and his characters manifest this grubbiness with effortless and unremitting nerve.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780966617344
Publisher:
Tropical Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.53(d)

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