"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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Just remember one thing , from an old pana who has been here longer than you ,
just remember , bro , that no matter how much you learn , no matter how many
books you read , how many degrees you get , in the end , you are from East ...
When you get one it's only a matter of time before you have to prove who you are
. And Bodega has the biggest name in the neighborhood . ” “ That's what I'm tryin '
to tell you — " Sapo interrupted . “ Yeah , he might , " I interrupted Sapo right ...
It's like chemistry , some elements are attracted to each other and it doesn't matter
that they can explode . It's just the way it works . SO THAT day , I did as Bodega
pleaded . I walked over to Vera , who was outside talking with some teacher .
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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