"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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Extreme measures would have to be taken, and all you could hope for was that
the good would outweigh the bad. "Great Society?" I repeated after him, shaking
my head. "I don't know, Willie, that sounds like something out of the sixties, know
As long as they had some way of feeding their family and could hope to someday
find something better they were happy. No wonder Bodega's name had spread
like a good smell from a Latin woman's kitchen. So, if someone wanted to set up ...
Ortiz was silent as we walked out of the precinct and onto the street. I was ready
to walk away, but Ortiz wasn't through. "Mira, Mercado, I was raised in jersey, but I
'm originally from San Juan. I hope you understand," he said, "that Dejesus is ...
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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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