"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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The English news channels didn ' t make a big deal out of it , to them Alberto
Salazar was just a Latin reporter for a small newspaper . Just another dead
Latino tonight . It only got a blurb . But I needed to find out more , in case Alberto
And as El Diario kept publishing more facts about Salazar , Blanca couldn ' t help
herself . “ Julio , you heard about that reporter , Salazar , Alberto Salazar ? ” I was
cooking dinner and she was sitting at the table reading El Diario . Blanca ...
B ' cause Salazar belonged to Aaron Fischman . ... Then Nazario finds out
Salazar made a deal with Fischman . He ' s gonna get ... That ' s what Salazar
was planning on , exposing me for buying buildings with socalled dirty money . I
couldn ' t ...
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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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