"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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I heard a faint moaning coming from the kitchen, where I found Negra 's husband,
Victor, sitting on a chair and holding his stomach with one hand. There was blood
on his shirt and on the floor. "That bitch is crazy, man. That bitch is crazy.
She stopped and stared at Victor. "So I showed him the stub, Chino. I told him this
was in his shirt pocket. Thass right, you didn't see this with Mike or Nando or with
me because this is a movie you took another woman to see!" "She's crazy. I ..
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. "Chino will take me." "Yes, I'
ll take him," I repeated, helping Victor to his feet. "See . . . Chino . . . will take me,"
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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