"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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Bodega stopped , and held his index finger in front of his eyes . “ But Nazario , he
saw . He knew . He knew better . ” He moved his finger to his temple . “ He ' s a
lawyer , but he hustled . He can still hustle because he never forgot he is street .
A minute later the school nurse arrived . When she saw all that blood on the floor
she took off her smock and put pressure on Blessington ' s neck . Meanwhile I
went looking for Sapo . He had stopped by the bathroom to rinse his mouth and ...
Nazario stopped himself as if he had said too much . He waited . The old man
kept watering the tree . Then he turned the water off and lifted his hand to caress
the wet leaves . He moved his eyes and head slightly toward Nazario , who
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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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