"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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If any of you have noticed since September , ” Blessington pointed out , “ this is
English class , not Spanish . Julia - day - Burgos ” — he pronounced her name
with a thick accent — “ wrote only in Spanish . ” “ But maybe she wrote in English
It was from that moment on that I realized all these hopes were bigger than me ,
more important than any one person . If these dreams of theirs would take off , El
Barrio would burn like a roman candle , bright and proud for decades . If Spanish
On my way back to Spanish Harlem , I figured that it wasn ' t Fischman that had
set that fire in retaliation for Salazar ' s death . Nazario must have set that fire
himself . That ' s why he was at the scene so quickly , presenting himself to the ...
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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