"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 Blanca said “ sister ” or “ brother ” that meant it had something to do with
her church , which made me nervous and angry at the same time . “ . . . and she
needs to get married . ” “ Aren ' t there any men in your church ? ” “ No , there
Then you come up with this shit about sin and your church . And see , Blanca ,
you can ' t fully believe in that book ” - I pointed to the bookshelf where Blanca
kept her Bibles — “ because it ' s the most sexist book ever written . Yet you get
I had seen him in action a couple of times , when his church picked a corner and ,
using the electricity from a lamppost , plugged in a mike and some electric guitars
and preached the hell out of the neighborhood . You could hear them blocks ...
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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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