"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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Veronica would attend and at times even help out with breakfast programs and
clothing drives, but what Veronica really wanted was for Bodega to find a real job
and marry her. "How old were you back then?" It was the only thing I could think ...
I pictured Veronica going home to meet her friends on the stoop to talk about her
liberator, this Izzy. Her liberator who was first going to free her from her mother,
then free Puerto Rico, and later they would both sail back to America like ...
"You told me that my aunt Veronica was in love with your friend." She looked me
in the eye. "Tia Veronica? T(a Veronica?" Negra laughed and lit another cigarette
. "TYa Veronica was in love with half of El Barrio. She was the biggest puta, my ...
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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