"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 ' m talking about owning the neighborhood legally . The way the Kennedys own
Boston . 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
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 110th and Second where you could buy live chickens , turkeys , geese , and ...
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 ...
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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