"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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Shit like that, and then when he meets you for the job, you get all fucked up,
laugh in his face, and don't take the job. Do you know how that," Sapo said,
jabbing a finger in his chest, "reflects on me?" "Sapo, all I know is, yo'r doing what
"That shit was a shame." But before I could learn the details of Angel's fate, Sapo
returned with a paper bag in his hand and we left. Inside his car, he drew out a
knapsack he had hidden under the seat. He stuffed the bag inside the knapsack,
"I can't do shit. Man, I got my car someplace in the Bronx. Cuz right now, I got to
lay low. I got to walk through the streets as if I'm a second- class citizen. I got to go
out and get groceries and come right home. Right now, I can't do shit." "And later
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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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