"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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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, "
Bendicion!" then he laughed. "You crazy, bro. What the fuck, she ain't your mother
"Got my stuff, bro?" "Hello to you, too." "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
"Cono! 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, cono, me cago en la madre.
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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