"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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But Negra knew who had killed Popcorn . ... A girl named Inelda Andino had killed Popcorn . ... credit cards and I.D. It had been one of those fights where one party is so enraged , so blind with anger they have to kill the other .
No , Sapo hadn't killed Salazar . It wasn't Sapo . Nene saw me looking at him ... And when Alberto Salazar discovered who - and what - was behind all the renovation , Bodega sent Nene to kill Salazar . It was hard to believe Nene was a ...
Nazario could report back to Bodega that he had met with that big Italian and been told it was okay to kill Fischman . Nazario had taken me along as evidence that the meeting had actually taken place . So Vera killed her husband with ...
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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