"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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"Because Mr. Blessington told me I was going to end up in jail, so why waste my
time doing homework?" We all laughed. "Sapo, don't you want to prove
Blessington wrong?" "Nah, I'd rather not do my homework." Tapia got upset. He
"Oh, him," Blessington said in a tired voice. "Him again. Well, I heard he's a good
science teacher," he said with a smirk, "but we're in English now. You people
need to get on with today's work." And it was all right with me because we had ...
Blessington released Sapo and went after Blanca. And that's when Sapo jumped
him from behind. Sapo crawled on Blessington as if Blessington were going to
give him a piggyback ride. Before Blessington could shake Sapo free, Sapo dug
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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