"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 went to get some coffee," DeJesus said. We headed out to the car. A minute
later, Ortiz walked out of the building and joined us. He must have been on the
roof, looking down. They had made sure I wasn't going to escape by going out
I wondered if Vera was dead too. As soon as I entered the 23rd, with Ortiz and
DeJesus, I saw Nazario. At first I thought he was under arrest, but when I saw
Vera sitting next to him on the wooden bench, I knew he had been waiting for me.
We faced Ortiz and DeJesus. Nazario went over to where Vera was sitting, and
told her that he'd be coming back. She nodded and dug in her purse for her
compact. She had cried a lot and needed to check the damage. DeJesus and
Ortiz led ...
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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