"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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I told Nazario that I could meet Vera either later that day or some other time but I
couldn't miss work . Nazario said that was okay and that he would like to talk “
bookshop , " as he called it , with me maybe even at the Aguilar branch , since he
And later , ” his mother jumped back in , “ later he told us that the Holy Spirit had
told his soul he had been anointed . ” No one questioned them . No one doubted
for a second . Who would after that speech ? I wouldn't . If that kid was going to ...
Later , Chino , when this shit all dies down , I still can't do shit . Cuz Bodega might
be dead but his empire is out there for the takin ' . And this time I plan on bein ' the
Man . Maybe , later , I'll go after that mothafuckah . " Sapo untied the string ...
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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