"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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I looked for Sapo ' s car that night but didn ' t see it . That was okay , because it
was a hot spring night and El Barrio had turned into a maraca and all the people
had come out transformed as seeds . Like all ghettos , Spanish Harlem looks ...
So that night , I kept walking amid sounds of fire engines and the smell of smoke .
But the night sky looked calm and the concrete beneath me was no different than
before , covered with gum wrappers , tinfoil , plastic bags , and other garbage .
I always knock the people in Blanca ' s church , but a lot of them were right there
that night helping us move our things , everyone splashing around ankle - deep
in water . If we hadn ' t had Blanca ' s spiritual brothers and sisters we would have
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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