"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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Getting a name meant I had to fight . There was no way out of it . ... This gave me
hope , and getting a name seemed possible . So I decided that I no longer ... It
was always easy to get into fights if you hated yourself . So what if you fought a
She said to him , “ I'll get your mother . I bet she hits harder . ” And Sapo ... and
fought every day . And finally , after a while , when I lost the fear of hitting
someone else ( not the fear of getting hit but of hitting someone else ) , I looked
for fights .
Bodega was selling dope and Nazario was just getting out of Brooklyn Law
School . Nazario had told Bodega to get himself a hot - dog vendor's license ,
place the dope inside a frankfurter cart with real franks in it and , before taking the
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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