"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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First, she was a Pentecostal girl. More important, she was fine. All the guys from
the neighborhood liked Nancy Saldivia. Her face could envelop you, almost
convert you. She had light tan skin, hazel eyes, and a beautiful mane of
LA CAS A Bethel Pentecostal, Blanca's church, was filled to capacity that night.
Many Pentecostals from neighboring temples had come to see and hear for
themselves the seventeen-year-old anointed, Roberto Vega. He who was
He had once been a good Pentecostal. He was seen all over the neighborhood
preaching and playing handball. Those were his passions, Christ and a pink
rubber Spalding. He was a tall, good-looking guy and, like his little brother, he
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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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