"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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These projects face the East River and have million-dollar views. On the Upper
East Side an apartment facing the East River would be priceless, but this is
Spanish Harlem, where most rents are subsidized by Section Eight. Regardless,
I wasn't disappointed. The report said Salazar's body was found in the East River.
He had been a reporter for El Diario/La Prensa working on an investigation of a
drug lord in East Harlem. Salazar had been a big man, six feet two, 260 pounds.
As the car sped over the bridge, I looked down on the East River. I pictured
explorers in their ships arriving at the shore and making deals with the true native
New Yorkers, the Indians. A twenty-four-dollar rip- off, I said to myself. Bodega
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - marciathing - LibraryThing
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
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