"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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And to punish her , to punish her , to punish her , you know what happened ?
Don ' t tell me you don ' t know what happened . I know you know what happened
. ” Although they know , they beg for the answer . They can feel the Lord in their ...
I knew she was thanking the Lord that the fire had happened while she , the baby
, and I were at church . “ Cristo salva , gracias al Señor . It ' s not the end of the
world . ” As we watched the fire grow more stubborn , fighting the firemen and ...
So , Angel , what happened to the nigga ? ” Frankie asked as he played . “ Dead ,
” Angel said . “ How he die ? " “ That shit was a shame . ” But before I could learn
the details of Angel ' s fate , Sapo returned with a paper bag in his hand and we ...
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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