"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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if an Bodega would offer or deny him support . All Bodega asked in return was
loyalty . For them never to forget that it was Bodega who got them on their way .
Nothing dramatic would happen if they'd forget . Nothing would be broken .
Bodega promptly threw the joint on the floor and killed it with his shiny shoe . I
went to the bathroom and combed my hair . When I came out Bodega was
looking out the window . He was staring absently , as if he was seeing beyond
what was ...
At the cemetery , after the cops left with Vera , Nazario , and Nene , I sat down
near Bodega's grave . I wished that I was a smoker ; that way I'd have something
else to do . I stopped thinking and just looked around . The cemetery really wasn't
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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