"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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That day I said things I shouldn ' t have ever said , or at least not the way I did . “
You know , Blanca , you really light me up when you get this way . You constantly
knock me about being sexist and whine that all Latin men have some sort of ...
It has to do with you hiding things from me about this guy , Bodega , whoever he
is . This is what it ' s all about , you hiding things . It ' s not about church or God or
sexism or whatever it is you want to bring up in this fight . It ' s about you ” — she ...
The waiter said the same thing . But I ' ve been waiting for hours . ” “ Have you
eaten ? " I was desperate for ... I ' ve got things , important things to do back in
Miami . Vera , you better have a good reason for doing this , ” he said even
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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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