Bodega dreams

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Vintage Contemporaries, 2000 - Fiction - 213 pages
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"A new and authentic voice of the urban Latino experience." --Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican

In a stunning narrative combining the gritty rhythms of Junot Diaz with the noir  genius of Walter Mosley, Bodega Dreams announces the arrival of a writer who The Village Voice has already hailed as "a Writer on the Verge."

The word is out in Spanish Harlem: Willy Bodega is king.  Need college tuition for your daughter?  Start-up funds for your fruit stand?  Bodega can help.  He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange only for loyalty--and a steady income from the drugs he pushes.

Lyric, inspired, and darkly funny, this powerful debut novel brilliantly evokes the trial of Chino, a smart, promising young man to whom Bodega turns for a favor.  Chino is drawn to Bodega's street-smart idealism, but soon finds himself over his head, navigating an underworld of switchblade tempers, turncoat morality, and murder.

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I read this book for my New York Literature and films class as a junior in high school, Great book, wonderful features,, with things that will thrill you to want to read more

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It was an amazing book, I loved every word. It was intense and misleading. The ending took an unexpected twist that would surprise anyone. Read full review

Contents

Because Men Who Built This Country Were Men from the Streets
1
Because a Single Lawyer Can Steal More Money Than a Hundred Men with Guns
83
A New Language Being Born
201
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\Ernesto Quiñonez lives in New York City.