"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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Ernesto Quiñonez. about Christ coming, every week Christ is coming. Christo
viene pronto! Arrepientete! Arrepientete! Then an entire band goes to the platform
and begins to jam on some of that religious salsa. It's like a circus for Christians.
It was jam- packed with salsa memorabilia. There were the drumsticks Tito
Puente used when he played Carnegie Hall in 72. There were album covers, Joe
Cuba's congas, guitar picks, ticket stubs, all from salsa's golden days in the
The salsa museum was free, but upon exiting, Nazario put a twenty in the
donation box. I had only three dollars and wished I could give more. "I'll walk you
home now," Nazario said, looking straight ahead. "Sounds good," I said.
Somehow that ...
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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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