"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 that ' s when I heard the name Willie Bodega for the first time . " Willie wha ?
? ” I thought it was a funny name . “ Willie Bodega ? You nevah heard of him ? He
' s like the big Taino in this neighborhood , you know ? Although only a few ...
I heard Sapo sit down on the couch and turn the TV on . I wasn ' t worried about
Blanca waking up , because she slept like a rock . “ So like there were places you
could burglarize and then there were places , Italian - owned , Chino , that you ...
I ' ve heard what ' s going on in my old neighborhood . I ' ve heard only good
things about this , this . . . ? " “ William Irizarry . ” “ I heard he doesn ' t sell it to
children and I heard he ' s rebuilding the place . I have heard about some crazy
idea to ...
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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