"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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When Vidal saw Vera, he shot up from his seat and headed over to her, but
Bodega stopped him. I could see ... "Vera, is everything all right?" Vidal asked. "
Everything is fine," Bodega answered him. "And may I ask who you are?" he
"I see," Vidal repeated. He then gathered himself up, adjusted his tie, and
brushed his blazer. He cleared his throat. "And may I ask," he said to her, "may I
ask who was there when you needed money? For your salons? Your new clothes
They backed away a few steps and Nazario and I turned our backs to them. Vera
stayed seated. "Just say you weren't there when John Vidal was shot," was all he
said. "What happened to Willie?" I whispered back, but he ignored the question.
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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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