"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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Blanca believes in that shit , so— " Sapo would cut me off . “ So you like her ,
thass ... When that bitch saint tells my moms the Lotto numbers , then I'll believe .
Yo , I'll believe . Yo , I'll believe so bad I'll buy Santa Clara a fucken wax museum .
I don't believe in this “ Just say no'shit because there ain't too many things to say
Yes ' to in this fucken place . But I can't . ” " Nah , hear me out , Chino . Hear me
out , don't interrupt me . Check it out . You know those three buildings on lllth ...
I believe he is . ” She smiled and placed her hand on mine . “ Come to church
with me , Julio . You can see for yourself . ” “ Have you seen him ? ” I asked ,
turning my hand over to hold hers . “ No , but I've heard of him . They say he can
lift an ...
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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