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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In El Barrio you always think that the fire engines are headed to someone else's house . You never think it will be your own home that's on fire , but when it is , all the toughness , the calloused nonchalance of watching fires and ...
fire itself . Slowly , like a mirage from a desert sandstorm , a figure emerged walking toward the people . A tall , elegant man came into focus with his arms outstretched and a face of pure empathy . It was Nazario .
He walked in and looked around and then asked me , “ Do me a little solid , Chino , and open the fire escape for me . I have to show you something . " I opened the window and we climbed out onto the fire escape .
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BtB_Library - LibraryThing
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