"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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They would say things like , you guys ain't Incas , you have no Machu Picchus in
San Juan ; you guys aren't Aztecs , there ain't no pyramids in Mayaguez . You
guys are Tainos , dumb mothafuckas . There ain't no ancient ruins on that island
He speaks like a hundred languages , but he ain't worth jack . ” The class was
rolled . “ Sapo , do you think the pope would be the pope if he didn't know his
hundred languages ? ” Tapia asked after the laughter died down . “ Nah , if he
Now , I've done a lot of things in my days but I ain't never kidnapped nobody . But
I will if I have to cuz that was Nazario on the phone . ” I had to go . So I told one of
Blanca's church friends , Wilfredo Reyes , that I had forgotten something ...
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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