"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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"The action scenes always took place in the dark. Bruce Lee looked dope in that
chauffeur outfit, though." Sapo nodded in agreement. "This won't take long, Chino
, but I hafta pick up Nene." Keeping one hand on the steering wheel, Sapo dug ...
Sapo nodded. "You tell them the voices said to bite Blessington. You don't say
Blessington said all this bullshit to you or that he had you in a headlock, you just
say you heard voices. You got that?" Sapo understood and a slow smirk began to
"Yes, I'm afraid I did," she confessed, nodding. "Anyway, I saw a special on that
big museum in Moscow." "Which one?" Vera asked. "The big one," he said. "You
mean the Hermitage?" "Yeah, that one," he said, and snapped his fingers ...
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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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