"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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This gave me hope , and getting a name seemed possible . So I decided that I no
longer wanted to be called by the name my parents had given me , Julio . I
wanted a name like Sapo had and so I looked for fights . It was always easy to get
Noah was a drunk , but God gave him the ark . David committed adultery with
Bathsheba but God made him king . Peter denied Christ , but God— ” “ I get your
point . So what you're telling me is , because this sister is not that young and who
Trouble in paradise , Chino ? Why don't you want Blanca to— ” “ Fine , I owe you .
” I gave it to her . “ What do you want ? ” " I don't know yet . " “ Negra , I got to get
some sleep , so think real quick or let me slide for another day . " “ All right , I'll ...
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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