"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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Finals were coming . I said I would . I didn't study . Even with the apartment empty
except for boxes , it felt good to be all by myself . The wooden floors were all
shiny . The place seemed huge . I went to the bedroom and got a pillow . I
John . ” She sniffled “ John , I cared for you once because — ” “ It's okay , Vera , ”
he said tenderly . “ Just come back with me . " “ Don't you see ? ” — Bodega got
closer to the old man- “ She's leaving you . ” Vera's husband seemed intimidated .
Vera was very much alive and seemed more composed than when I'd last seen
her . But she also seemed exhausted . Her makeup was smudged and her
clothes rumpled . It reminded me of the day when she and Bodega had arrived at
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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
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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