"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 this ain't fucken Boston. This's New York City. Manhattan. Location is
everything. I'm talkin' about ownin' a big chunk of the most expensive real estate
in all the nine planets. Don't mara if what I'm after is the toilet seat. Wha' maras is
"Why don't you fucken put that shit in the news. I heard you the third time." And I
didn't bother to say it again. Sapo stopped his car in front of the poultry house on
1 10th and Second where you could buy live chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks
"Fucken shit." He opened all the doors and pressed a button to slide all the
windows down. He took out a cigarette and the three of us waited outside the car
for the smell to clear. "I feel bad for that bird, you know," Nene said, "but you know
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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