"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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Ernesto Quiǫnez, Ernesto Quiñonez. around you , okay ? " I knew he was
reluctant to pull his hand away from his stomach , but he agreed , nodding his
head and grimacing in pain . Negra ran back in with the towel . “ I ' m coming too ,
” she ...
Say no more . Look , Vera is coming to New York . ” His body quickly straightened
up . “ You spoke to her , Chino ? ” He was like a kid . He pulled up a chair and sat
in front of me . “ I haven ' t spoken to her , but I know she ' s coming next week .
They had seen the coming of the Lord . He was coming soon , maybe even that
very night . Roberto Vega had told them so . The kingdom of God would arrive ,
and they would all go to heaven , to the penthouse in the sky . Until then , they ...
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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