"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 .
I followed her around the living room as she started putting her things in her bag .
“ It ' s nothing . You heard them , no one is arresting anyone . " “ That ' s good ,
because when I see you tomorrow , we ' ll need to talk . ” “ Blanca , it ' s nothing .
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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