"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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MY MOTHER hated Sapo . “ I don ' t want to see you hanging around with that
demonio , ” she ' d say to me . But I never listened , because Sapo meant
adventure . Sapo meant we could steal beer and drink it together . He meant
flying kites on ...
Roberto ' s mother will hate you . ” “ She hates me already . But I did nothing
wrong , Roberto is in love with me and I love him . ” Claudia was not in tears . She
was worried but happy . “ Claudia did nothing wrong , ” Roberto interjected .
He would hock anything and his eyes were like ashes . The same women who
once harbored crushes would whisper as he passed by , “ That guy was a church
boy once and now he steals from his mother . ” “ Why didn ' t you tell me before ...
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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