"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'm talking about becoming the second-biggest slumlord after the City of New
York." My joint was turning into a roach. Bodega opened a drawer and handed
me scissors. I took them and clipped my joint. "See, Chino, I'm talking about
"Yo, I got class tonight . . ." "Class, class, you always have class. You got a lot of
fucken class, you know that, Chino?" "Fuck you." "So, mira." Sapo took out his car
keys and opened the door. "I drop you off at Hunta, cool?" "Yeah, that's cool.
I took no offense. I knew he trusted me. I ran the envelope upstairs, into the
kitchen and slid it to the bottom of a giant-size half-empty Apple Jacks cereal box.
Blanca saw me and just shook her head but didn't say a word. "Hey, who said
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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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