"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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"Hey, man, it's cool but I'm not interested in this business." "Did I say anything
about pushing rocks?" Bodega looked insulted. His voice sailed a notch. "I told
you Nazario is a lawyer." "Look man, I know you gotta do what you gotta do," I
Vidal looked at Bodega for only a second. He was trying to figure it all out but
couldn't. He didn't have a clue. He then looked back at his wife. "Do you owe this
gentleman something?" he asked her kindly. "Money? Anything? Vera, please ...
He looked tired and hurt. Bodega then cradled her face in his hands. "Tell him,"
Bodega almost whispered. "Tell him you never loved him. Tell him you're staying
with me." Vera looked at Bodega as if the suggestion was inappropriate.
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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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