"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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I didn ' t ask Blanca anything ; I could tell she was already feeling talkative . “ My
abuela was right in making my aunt ... a special guest speaker , an anointed . ”
Blanca propped herself up on her elbow and clearly didn ' t feel sleepy anymore .
You constantly knock me about being sexist and whine that all Latin men have
some sort of sexism in them and that you feel as if your intelligence is being
ignored when I do certain things , even though they are for the good of the family ,
may I ...
Wait , wait , how does Vera feel about this ? " He turned away from me . He
looked at the floor and then , taking a drag , looked to his left and right before
exhaling . “ She ' s confused , ” he said sadly . “ See , Chino , she ' s a little
shaken cuz ...
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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