"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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"Vera, please, let me help you. Tell me what is this all about." Like Vera ... Vera
looked at Bodega as if the suggestion was inappropriate. As if affairs were all
right just as long ... Vera's husband seemed intimidated. Bodega was the block
He stormed over to Vera. "Shit ... "Vera?" "Oh my God, I've killed him. Oh my God,
I'm sorry, William. You can't let me go to prison, please, William. ... Vera's legs
were weak; like a calf that is learning to walk, she was wobbly and disoriented.
that Vera's husband was dead. His bloodstained suit didn't put out that spark in
his conscience that told him Vera was all his. Her vows had been severed for
sure. Now, as in the past, he and Nazario would clean up the mess and he could
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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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