"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 English news channels didn't make a big deal out of it, to them Alberto
Salazar was just a Latin reporter for a small newspaper. Just another dead Latino
tonight. It only got a blurb. But I needed to find out more, in case Alberto Salazar
And as El Diario kept publishing more facts about Salazar, Blanca couldn't help
herself. "Julio, you heard about that reporter, Salazar, Alberto Salazar?" I was
cooking dinner and she was sitting at the table reading El Diario. Blanca would ...
B'cause Salazar belonged to Aaron Fischman." "Who?" "He is this ... Then
Nazario finds out Salazar made a deal with Fischman. ... That's what Salazar was
planning on, exposing me for buying buildings with socalled dirty money. I couldn
't let ...
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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