"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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Did it ever occur to you , ” I said after finding it under the sofa cushions , “ that
maybe Sapo likes it here ? Maybe , like a pig , Sapo likes the mud . Not
everybody wants to go to college , Blanca . ” I switched on the TV and began to
And we began preaching Que Pasa Power . ” Bodega kept pacing around the
room with the energy of a shadow boxer . “ All over the neighborhood , Que Pasa
Power ! Even old ladies started to smuggle things for us , b ' cause Mayor Lindsay
I began to think at what point in time I could have done things differently . Where
were those interesting lines that I could have avoided ? I tried to empty my mind ,
but I still couldn ' t sleep . The refrigerator hummed loudly , like a Buddhist on ...
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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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