"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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Negra hated the church, couldn't wait to leave her parents' house and rip up her
Pentecostal roots. Negra was the type who smoked joints at midnight in the
bathroom, keeping the window open so her parents wouldn't smell anything. The
"Well, it was nice meeting you," I said, thinking it was better to leave them alone. "I
'll tell Nancy that you're in town. Maybe the two of you could see each other
before you leave." "Yes, I would like that very much. I held her once when she
was a ...
"My brothers and sisters, never leave the truth," Roberto pleaded. "Never turn
from the light. The darkness will enslave you, like before, before the Lord saved
you. Our Lord Christ will never turn His back on us. Even if we leave Him, He will
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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