"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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It's about upward mobility . It's about education and making yourself better . It's
about sacrifice . ” We started to walk again . He would lecture like he always did ,
steely but committed . “ If someone is a janitor , that's noble , it's a respectable job
This isn't about Negra , it's about you , ” Blanca said , raising her voice and
poking a finger at my chest after every syllable . “ It's about you and what you're
not telling me . ” “ Aren't you pregnant ? God , that kid must have a headache . ”
See , it's alive , " he said , and right that minute , at a window next door to us , a
woman yelled to her son down on the street . “ Mira , Junito , go buy un mapo , un
contén de leche , and tell el bodeguero yo le pago next Friday . And I don't want ...
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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