"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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But there were other honorable names in the neighborhood: Indio, if you had
straight black hair, tan skin, and looked like a Taino; Batuka, if you liked Santana
music and played the congas real good; Biscocho, if you were fat but told good ...
Popcorn was the neighborhood's only openly gay man. He was great, always full
of life. Always laughing and joking. He had a beautiful mane of long black hair
and wore tight jeans, makeup, and Hawaiian shirts, and he carried a knife in his ...
She just told the entire neighborhood and eventually someone must have tipped
off the cops. A girl named Inelda Andino had killed Popcorn. Negra 's explanation
was simple: "She was always jealous of his hair. Popcorn had the best hair 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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