"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 want someone smart and someone who has never worked a corner . And if he
goes to college , all the better . A role model . Nazario the lawyer and his sidekick
Julio College , both Ricans helping Ricans . ” He looked straight at me again ...
He had always been Sapo but that year , after biting Blessington , he started
turning into someone who wasn ' t afraid to die . It was the beginning of the adult
Sapo . His was the sneaker you wouldn ' t want to step on because “ sorry ”
Bodega took pride in helping someone who had just arrived from Puerto Rico or
Nicaragua or Mexico or any other Latin American country . He ' d get them jobs ,
legal jobs that didn ' t pay a lot but got them started on their new life here in ...
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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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