"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 Sapo never bitched, as if he had said, "Fuck that shit. I'll love myself." And
that's how I wanted to ... It was Sapo who taught me that it didn't matter if you lost
the fight, only that you never backed down. The more guys that saw you lose
making us respect her by never taking shit from us, was the math teacher, Ms.
Boorstein. She once went toe-to-toe with Sapo. He was about to walk out of her
classroom because he was bored, and she said to him, "Enrique, sit back down!
The events were compound words that could never be ripped apart. "You know
Sapo." "Yeah, but Sapo won't do anything for you, Negra." "Yeah, but he'd do it for
you. He must owe you. Ask him for a solid." "Negra, I've no time for this, all right?
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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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