"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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A girl named Inelda Andino had killed Popcorn. Negra 's explanation was simple:
"She was always jealous of his hair. Popcorn had the best hair in the
neighborhood and that girl was shallow. So shallow, I've stepped in deeper
puddles." Later ...
spiritual girl in the congregation. Once he sees that, he might marry her." I
laughed even harder. "So you think, Blanca, that Roberto Vega is going to give
up his celebrity status in your religion to help this girl from Colombia? Blanca, you
can be ...
We took off. "I thought you was takin' me to Nazario, whass this about collectin?" "
That was the last one, don't freak on me." He turned on First Avenue and we
headed uptown. "So like you know I was with this white girl las' night and they like
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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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