In ‘Fiebre Tropical,’ a Colombian Teenager Moves to Miami and Comes of Age: Dwight Garner review’s Juli Delgado Lopera’s debut

The travel writer Paul Theroux once called Miami one of the most overrated places he’d been. “It’s a swamp on a beach,” he said, “and has terrible feng shui.”

For the immigrant family from Colombia in “Fiebre Tropical,” Juli Delgado Lopera’s boldly colored first novel — the prose is as ebullient and assertive as Rosie Perez’s shadowboxing in the opening credits of “Do the Right Thing” — Miami was a travel poster, a dream destination. In reality, it’s been one disappointment after the next.

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