"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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This girl , ” I asked , “ is she from some country where they persecute
Pentecostals or something ? " “ Of course not . What day and age do you think we
're living in ? No one's throwing us to the lions anymore . She's from Colombia . ” “
So let her ...
Nazario asked Bodega . Bodega shook his head no . I didn't know what Nazario
meant at the time , but later I would . Still , Nazario looked happy . “ That's great ! ”
he said as if it was the best news he had heard all day . “ When do you graduate
Where you think at ? You think you gonna find some gay mothafuckah who has to
marry some bitch or his rich father will disown him ? I don't think so . If she wants
to stay in the country , she bettah take the junkie . ” “ Never mind I asked .
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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