"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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My associate William Irizarry asked us to see you." Nazario stopped himself as if
he had said too much. He waited. The old man kept watering the tree. Then he
turned the water off and lifted his hand to caress the wet leaves. He moved his ...
"Mr. William Irizarry," Nazario answered. "What does he have in case I have
something planned with Aaron Fischman in the near future?" "Mr. Irizarry knows
you are the last of the great old-timers. He knows that you believe in the rules and
"William Irizarry." "Tell him that we don't need his protection on Pleasant Avenue.
Tell him it was presumptuous of him to think so." Nazario waited a few seconds,
and just when he was about to apologize the old man lifted his hand to indicate ...
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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