The year is 1987. The city is Miami, and nobody has ever observed its pastel surfaces and murky intrigues more astutely than Joan Didion.
This is a surprising portrait of the pastel city, a masterly study of Cuban immigration and exile, and a sly account of vile moments in the Cold War.
Miami may be the sunniest place in America but this is Didion's darkest book, in which she explores American efforts to overthrow the Castro regime, Miami's civic corruption and racist treatment of its large black community.
'To understand America I recommend Miami' New Statesman
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