"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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But I don't want to be some manager of a few crack houses . I wanna be part of
history . ” “ Look , Sapo " “ Nah , it's true . Bodega is going to own the
neighborhood . Legally . And I want to be part of it . Maybe someday take it over
when he's ...
Sapo , don't you want to prove Blessington wrong ? ” “ Nah , I'd rather not do my
homework . " Tapia got upset . He threw down the roll book and began to yell at
us . “ I don't care what Blessington's been telling you ! If you are here it is because
Don't tell me you don't know that she left her king and went with others , and don't
tell me you don't know this princess was called Israel . And she went with other
gods and slept with many idols . You still don't know what she did ? ” Alleluia !
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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