"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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Rita Moreno , she was once like you , is Rita Moreno hooking ? ” Tapia then
pointed at one of the guys . “ Reggie Jackson , he was once as young as you ,
he's half Puerto Rican , is Reggie in jail ? They worked hard . That's what you
have to ...
I stopped for a minute and even though it was dark I studied the rubble of a
building that once stood there . Scorched bricks with wild grass growing all
around the lot . A toilet seat lay on its side , a sink and a bathtub too . Fireflies
were flashing ...
Old women gossiped and laughed as they sat on project benches or by tenement
stoops , where they once played as children with no backyards - yes , they were
happy too . Murals had been painted in memory of Bodega . The entire graffiti ...
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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