"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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Word had it he started to talk in song years ago, when AM radio broke his heart
by going all talk. I figured Bodega kept him as someone to watch his back or at
least to watch the door. "Oye, como \a. Bueno pa gozar," Nene said to Sapo, who
Know wha I'm sayin', papiT' Then we spotted Nene sitting on the stoop. Sapo
pulled over and I unlocked the door so Nene could get in. "You know ... But when
he started the car, Nene got nervous, and seeing him nervous made me nervous.
Sapo and Nene went inside while I stayed in the car. A few minutes later, they
came out carrying a large box with holes punched in it. Carefully, they placed the
box on the backseat and Nene slid in next to it. "This fucken thing is going to stink
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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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