"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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Yeah . Now , like , you ready ? Cuz I got things to do and Bodega is waitin ' for
you . ” As we walked out Sapo yelled toward the bedroom , loud enough to wake
Blanca , “ Bendición ! " then he laughed . “ You crazy , bro . What the fuck , she
Fuck that shit , you know it ' s me . Listen , I need that stuff . I ' ve got work to do . ” “
Yeah , I got it . " “ I ' m comin ' ovah and , Chino , Bodega wants ta see you like
now . ” I waited for Sapo downstairs with his envelope . I saw his car turn the ...
Fuck ! Carajo , what the fuck was that shit for ? ” He stormed over to Vera . “ Shit ,
Vera , who the fuck told you to shoot him ! ” he yelled . “ I ' m sorry ! ” she yelled
back , still hiding her face with her hands . “ Ave Maria , coño , me cago en la ...
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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