William Irizzari has reinvented himself as Willie Bodega, a drug lord who plans to use his money to buy and renovate his areas comdemned buildings. Told by Chino, a young graffiti artist, this is the story of whether hope and loyalty can survive in a world of crime.
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When Blanca said “ sister ” or “ brother ” that meant it had something to do with her church , which made me nervous and angry at the same time . " ... and she needs to get married . ” " Aren't there any men in your church ?
Then you come up with this shit about sin and your church . And see , Blanca , you can't fully believe in that book ” – I pointed to the bookshelf where Blanca kept her Bibles — “ because it's the most sexist book ever written .
I had seen him in action a couple of times , when his church picked a corner and , using the electricity from a lamppost , plugged in a mike and some electric guitars and preached the hell out of the neighborhood .
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Bodega Dreams features really well-written, sympathetic characters living in Spanish Harlem. With a gripping, detailed portrayal of the neighborhood and a fast moving plot that's very easy to get ... Read full review
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The books by Ernesto Quinonez were my first introduction to Spanish Harlem. Thanks to my Midwestern existence, and even to some years in S. Texas, I had never known this place existed. Both his novels are fantastic and engrossing. I'm looking forward to more. Read full review