"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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Besides, I'm gonna marry her this time, and that means we're gonna be related.
And you're good people." "Wha'? You gonna wha'?" "Marry her, of course. What'd
you think I went through all this for?" "Look, man, what you want to do with Vera ...
I tried to explain to Veronica who this guy she was gonna marry was, the reason
he was rich. I was telling her he was not a friend of the people right up to the night
before the wedding. Do you know what she said?" "Wha7" "She said she loved ...
"What're you gonna do about Sapo?" I hadn't seen the special and didn't care
much about Napoleon. The school doors opened. Bodega shot me a desperate
look. "You gonna get Sapo off somehow, right?" "I'll help Sapo. Nazario is workin'
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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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