"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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The darkness will enslave you , like before , before the Lord saved you . Our Lord
Christ will never turn His back on us . Even if we leave Him , He will never leave
us . ” Then what's the point , I was thinking . If He would stay with me anyway ...
She's in love with him , ” Blanca whispered as Claudia left to go to Roberto's side
. He was the Lord's stud , swarmed by sisters in Christ who all hoped to be his
chosen . “ Let's go meet him . ” Blanca took my hand and led me toward him .
He needs it , Hermano Vasquez , ” Blanca implored . “ He associates with that
man Bodega . ” Pastor Vasquez's eyes grew big and he laughed nervously . He
tried to change the subject , told me how the Lord had saved him at ...
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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