"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. She didn't tell the cops. She just told the
entire neighborhood and eventually someone must have tipped off the cops. A
girl named Inelda Andino had killed Popcorn. Negra 's explanation was simple: ...
No, Sapo hadn't killed Salazar. It wasn't Sapo. Nene saw me looking at him and
smiled. I nodded and left. I took a shortcut through a huge vacant lot. I stopped for
a minute and even though it was dark I studied the rubble of a building that once
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