"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 settled myself down and looked at the weed . That shit must be real good , I
thought . When he opened the plastic bag , the aroma was like coffee and the
seeds were as big as quenepas . Bodega then zipped the bag back up and flung
it to ...
Sapo opened the car door and a terrible odor rose from inside . “ Fucken shit . ”
He opened all the doors and pressed a button to slide all the windows down . He
took out a cigarette and the three of us waited outside the car for the smell to ...
I opened the door . He was dressed as a Young Lord and had on his beret and
pin , a copy of Pa ' lante under his arm . He walked in and looked around and
then asked me , “ Do me a little solid , Chino , and open the fire escape for me .
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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