"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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... just as radiant, golden, and heavy. The inside was engraved For My Wife,
Veronica. Not anymore, I whispered to myself. This is my wife's now. Then I
thought, no woman wants another woman's ring. But the diamond was huge, so
that took ...
"My wife called me a day ago hysterically crying, and told me to come up to New
York." He sounded worried. "I asked her why. Why she didn't just return. She
continued to cry, so I agreed to come. On the phone she gave me this address.
I wanted my wife back. Finally Bodega and Vera walked in. Bodega was wearing
a new suit It wasn't all white like the one I had last seen him wear. This was a very
fine dark blue suit, probably Italian, with a satin red handkerchief poking out of ...
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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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