"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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He stared at me hard , waiting for my answer as if I hadn ' t given it to him already
. “ Come on , think it over . ” There was something honest in his dishonesty .
Unlike Blanca , I believed it was dishonest people that brought change .
Wow , that ' s too bad , ” I answered , and then Blanca told me something that
somehow had escaped me . " Have you noticed that this block doesn ' t have
dealers on the corner ? All four corners of this block are quiet . Have you noticed
... at you and your children and know full well what the answers to the questions
are but still ask , “ What is your sex ? Do you have any children ? " " It was all over
El Diario , ” I answered , stealing a peek at Blanca , whose nostrils were flaring .
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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