"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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Blanca pulled me away from the door. "Julio, who is this Bodega guy?" she asked
, letting the door slam. Sapo waited in the hallway. He hated Blanca and he knew
Blanca hated him right back. "A friend." "A friend of Enrique's, you mean?
And we had a kid coming, there was no time for this. 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, ...
"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't, well,
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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