"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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Sweat streamed down his face and his shirt was drenched. His mother was
holding his hand, his father standing tall because his family had been touched by
God. "When he was just nine years old," his mother told the brothers and sisters
He walked into my kitchen," she continued, "and his face was like a fire. And he
said, 'Mami, I want to get baptized.' I said, You are too young to get baptized. You
have to study more about the Bible before you can make a commitment like that.
she yelled back, still hiding her face with her hands. "Ave Maria, cono, me cago
en la madre." "I'm sorry, William," she said, still crouching on the floor. "I'm sorry."
Bodega then knelt down beside her. "Vera?" "Oh my God, I've killed him. Oh my ...
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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