"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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You mean you fucks don't know what botanica? San Lazaro y las Siete Vueltas,
what other botanica do you think? Now go!" Bodega hung up, shook his head. "
Like children," he whispered to himself, "like fucken children." Sapo kept rolling.
Fortunately Blanca was in good spirits that night, and when I motioned my head
toward the car she just sighed. "You know, Julio," she said, "the lease says no
pets allowed. So when we move he can't come over anymore." She kissed me
Edwin nodded his head. "Sapo, your homework?" "I didn't do it." "Why didn't you
do it?" "Because Mr. Blessington told me I was going to end up in jail, so why
waste my time doing homework?" We all laughed. "Sapo, don't you want to prove
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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