"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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I smiled. "Yeah, well I'm a throwback, m'man." Bodega returned my smile. "I'm
glad you picked up on that, Chino." He was beaming. "You were just a puppy,
Sapo was just a tadpole when the neighborhood was a joy. It was a joy because
I arrived a bit late, but when I went inside the temple, anyone that caught my eye
smiled knowingly at me, as if they were saving me. They were always looking out
for new converts. Knowing I was Blanca's husband, one brother ushered me to ...
Claudia began to wail as if someone close to her had died. "He saved me! Cristo
salva!" some brother cried, poking at his eyes as if he was in torment; as if he was
Oedipus about to rip his eyes out. Blanca smiled an enlightened smile ...
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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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