"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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I didn't care, I was happy this thing with Blanca about this illegal girl hadn't turned
into a huge fight. As she spoke with Negra, I listened to her sweet, earnest voice
in the darkness of the bedroom and I felt happy. I didn't know what I had done to ...
"I'm so happy you came," she said. "I'm happy you're happy," I replied. From the
corner of my eye I saw Roberto Vega join his parents and hug them. Others came
up to shake his hand, congratulating him on such a great sermon. "So you're ...
I was happy, but I was worried about Blanca. She must be fuming, I thought.
Blanca would ask a million questions, and I went upstairs braced for another
confrontation. When I reached our floor and went inside our new place, our
second in ...
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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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