"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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“ Ho , shit , I just realized , ” Sapo said , laughing , “ I spilled all this pot on Bo Derek's face . Man , that bitch is still fine , she like forty and shit . ” “ Nah , she's wack . She was hot once , not anymore , ” I said , happy ...
And then Vera laughed . And with that laugh , Bodega was happy . The driver ushered us all into the car . When the doors were shut , the coolness of the air - conditioned limo was a relief but the stillness and silence made it possible ...
She laughed that laugh again . “ They call you Chino ? My niece is married to a Chino ? Que bonito y pronto van a tener un chinito . ” She laughed , a little hysterically . “ Un chinito , qué lindo , get it ?
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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