"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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Blind, crippled, and crazy." I laughed with him. Sapo hammed it up. "If they know
how to crawl, they're in the right position." I laughed. "Nigga, you're crazy." "If they
can play with Fisher-Price" — Sapo was on a roll, grabbed his crotch— "they ...
You're crazy, Negy." I heard a faint moaning coming from the kitchen, where I
found Negra 's husband, Victor, sitting on a chair and holding his stomach with
one hand. There was blood on his shirt and on the floor. "That bitch is crazy, man.
"Negra is crazy! Victor is crazy too!" I lost it and began to shout at Blanca. "And
you're crazy for even listening to her!" "This isn't about Negra, it's about you,"
Blanca said, raising her voice and poking a finger at my chest after every syllable.
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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