"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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Blanca went into the living room and picked up the phone. I could hear her voice,
worried and excited at the same time as she asked about Victor's condition.
Blanca laughed and then preached to Negra about fidelity, which meant Negra
His spirit was all over El Barrio, but I didn't see Him living among us. You wouldn't
catch Christ, in the flesh, living in the projects. "Please, now," Roberto said, his
voice lifting again, "join me in song." The congregation rose. Blanca reached for ...
We'd be living out of boxes for at least another week or two. Somehow, though, a
sofa had been installed in a corner and there, drinking coffee, were Blanca and
Pastor Miguel Vasquez. After greeting me in Spanish, Pastor Vasquez suggested
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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