"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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So why you wanted to meet me here today ? " “ B ' cause , Chino , I ' m going t ask
you for somethin ' when Vera comes and I thought you should know me . Besides
, I ' m gonna marry her this time , and that means we ' re gonna be related .
Yeah , how you guess ? ” I couldn ' t care less . Why wasn ' t Sapo doing the
calling ? “ I knew it , I knew it . So , mira , Chino , my cousin wants ta see you
tomorrow . Nazario will meet with you . He said he had to meet you . Some girl is
comin ' .
So Nene called you last night to tell you I was coming to meet you , ” he said
smoothly , as if he and I had been friends for years . “ Nene called me , ” I said . “
Great . ” I could already see that Nazario was a chameleon . He had the uncanny
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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
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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