"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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I heard a faint moaning coming from the kitchen , where I found Negra ' s
husband , Victor , sitting on a chair and holding his stomach with one hand .
There was blood on his shirt and on the floor . " That bitch is crazy , man . That
bitch is crazy .
Ernesto Quiǫnez, Ernesto Quiñonez. went with you . ” ” She stopped and stared
at Victor . “ So I showed him the stub , Chino . I told him this was in his shirt pocket
. Thass right , you didn ' t see this with Mike or Nando or with me because this is ...
Victor yelled at Negra , more out of pain than anger . “ I don ' t want you . . .
coming . . . ” Victor glared at Negra . “ Chino will take me . ” “ Yes , I ' ll take him , "
I repeated , helping Victor to his feet . “ See . . . Chino . . . will take me , ” 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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