"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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Compliments of Willie Bodega , my man . For your backpack . ” Sapo slapped the
crisp bill in my hand . And that's when I heard the name Willie Bodega for the first
time . “ Willie wha ?? " I thought it was a funny name . " Willie Bodega ?
Willie is dead . ” He looked at the concrete . “ It was Fischman . ” “ How ? ” “ He
shot him . Listen , ” he said coldly , “ we had to lay all the blame on Willie ,
because Willie was already dead . Understand ? " " I understand . When was he
person " Willie Bodega doesn't exist , " I said to him . “ I'm sorry . " “ No , my cousin
would never lie to me . He said a man named Willie Bodega would help me . I
have to find him . ” The old man gripped his grandson's hand tighter , picked up ...
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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
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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