Re: RARA-AVIS: Miami Purity by Vicki Hendricks

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 11 Feb 2005

Glad you liked MIAMI PURITY, Jeff. I can't seem to find the time to weigh in on all the posts, but someone earlier mentioned they found the book thin and derivative. All literature is derivative, so all I can give that is an affirmative shrug. The ill-fated lovers rutting next to the body is an obvious wink towards Cain's THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE. I had no problem with that. I enjoyed being able to make the connection.

As far as it being thin, well I guess I'd have to agree with that, too, but I think I'd use the word
"light" instead. My impression of the book is that Ms Hendricks was having fun with the whole thing. I couldn't imagine her writing some of those lines without laughing out loud as she penned them, and that is the context I took them in.

It's been a while since I read it, but I found the intensity and the seriousness of IGUANA LOVE kicked up a notch above MIAMI PURITY.


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