"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
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 ,
So like you know I was with this white girl las ' night ... You know , like , Spanish
girls , they moan to you , “ Ayy papi , ayy papi . ' See , I like that . But white girls ,
white girls say shit like , ' Oh , God , oh God ' or shit like ' Oh yes , oh yes .
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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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