"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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Afterward , Roberto said a prayer , and when he had finished everyone
murmured Amen . The church now had its feet back on the ground . Everyone
was back on planet Earth , the Holy Spirit had left the building , and casual
Roberto was talking about paying the rent . This let me know he was , as Blanca
had told me , an adult . Roberto and Claudia probably had a bit of money saved
up and now they were doing the right thing , trying to get more . I had no problem
I turned toward Roberto . “ You know , Roberto , Blanca is right . Go tell your
mother . ” " You will kill her , Roberto . First Googie , now you , ” Blanca implored .
Roberto stayed silent . “ Claudia . ” Blanca held her by the shoulders and looked
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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