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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You mean a Young Lord ? ” “ Yeah , that's what he was . I mean I was just being born , so I don't really know . But I heard the story . ” Nothing in Blanca's voice or body language indicated the name Vera meant anything to her .
“ I mean , when you sell that stuff and someone buys it and dies , that's one thing . I mean , it was his choice to go and buy it , but actually killing someone ” " Yeah , I did . ” Bodega looked at the doors . “ It wasn't the first .
You mean people are gonna think , ' She may be smart , but she was stupid enough to get herself knocked up . ' But when you go to church it all changes . They like you pregnant and 130 ERNESTO QUIÑONEZ.
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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