"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 .
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 .
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 .
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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
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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