"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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When I say they , I mean the community . I want someone smart and someone
who has never worked a corner . And if he goes to college , all the better . A role
model . Nazario the lawyer and his sidekick Julio College , both Ricans helping ...
You mean a Young Lord ? ” “ Yeah , that's what he was . I mean I was just being
born , so I don't really know . But I heard the story . ” Nothing in Blanca's voice or
body language indicated the name Vera meant anything to her . As it came to me
I mean , when you sell that stuff and someone buys it and dies , that's one thing . I
mean , it was his choice to go and buy it , but actually killing someone— ” “ Yeah ,
I did . ” Bodega looked at the doors . “ It wasn't the first . And let I feel I owe it to ...
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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