"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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Popcorn was the neighborhood's only openly gay man. He was great, always full
of life. Always laughing and joking. He had a beautiful mane of long black hair
and wore tight jeans, makeup, and Hawaiian shirts, and he carried a knife in his ...
She just told the entire neighborhood and eventually someone must have tipped
off the cops. A girl named Inelda Andino had killed Popcorn. Negra 's explanation
was simple: "She was always jealous of his hair. Popcorn had the best hair in ...
The neighborhood sensed this, and in my dream the people were jumping,
shaking, and jamming as if the rent weren't due for six months. Like Iris Chacon
inside a washing machine during an earthquake, Richter scale 8.9. There was
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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