"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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Negra ran back in with the towel. "I'm coming too," she said. "You're . . . crazy ... I
don't want you near me!" Victor yelled at Negra, more out of pain than anger. "I
don't want you . . . coming . . ." Victor glared at Negra. "Chino will take me." "Yes ...
while victor was being attended by an emergency-room doctor, I phoned Negra. "
When you filled out the form, what did you put?" was her first question. "That he
fell on the knife." "Thass good." I heard a sigh of relief. "You know, Chino, I never
I walked out of the apartment fed up with all of them: Blanca, Negra, Victor,
Bodega, Vera. All of them. after class I decided to wander around the
neighborhood and look for Sapo's car. I didn't see it and asked around. No one
seemed to know ...
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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