"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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He hated Blanca and he knew Blanca hated him right back . “ Afriend . ” “ A friend
of Enrique ' s , you mean ? ” “ A friend of Sapo is a friend of mine , ” I said , and
Blanca shot me an evil look , then pointedly clasped her rounded belly . “ Blanca
It was bad enough I had to get mixed up with Bodega just so we could have a
better place to live , a cheaper place , and save some money , too . “ Blanca , we
have our own problems , ” I said , making believe I was trying to go to sleep .
See , Blanca , let ' s just give them what money we can ” — diamond ring
included — “ and let them go to Chicago . " I thought Robert was a smart guy .
Besides , if he was really anointed by God then God was looking after him , and if
he wasn ...
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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