"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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Sapo led me inside the old tenement where the storefront butcher shop
Casablanca had been been serving up meat to the neighborhood for years. We
walked up three flights. Inside the tenement the walls were torn up, the stairs
creaked, the ...
He went back inside to check on this. I looked across toward Central Park. It was
a beautiful day, the blue jays were making noise, the trees were getting back their
leaves. I was thinking of maybe later taking a walk in the park with Blanca, ...
Inside his car, he drew out a knapsack he had hidden under the seat. He stuffed
the bag inside the knapsack, which was filled with other wrinkled-looking brown
bags. We took off. "I thought you was takin' me to Nazario, whass this about ...
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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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