"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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Look , I don ' t intend to keep badgering you about finishing school . And who
knows what you ' ll do when you finish . I wish you ' d talk to me about it . ” Her
tone changed , a bit more angry . “ But if you ' re up to something , something
I ' ll find out . Okay ? " Pause . “ And Chino , thanks for taking Victor , all right ? " “
Yeah , all right . Just get me her address . And listen , they ' re going to keep
Victor overnight for observation . So you can come and pick him up tomorrow ,
The neighborhood is better off . ” Always the practical one . To Nazario , what he
and Vera had done was justified . “ No , the only one better off is you . You keep
Vera , she keeps her husband ' s money , and you keep Willie ' s power .
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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