"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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Shit like that , and then when he meets you for the job , you get all fucked up , laugh in his face , and don't take the job . Do you know how that , ” Sapo said , jabbing a finger in his chest , “ reflects on me ?
“ That shit was a shame . ” But before I could learn the details of Angel's fate , Sapo returned with a paper bag in his hand and we left . Inside his car , he drew out a knapsack he had hidden under the seat . He stuffed the bag inside ...
“ Fuck that shit , you know it's me . Listen , I need that stuff . I've got work to do . " “ Yeah , I got it . ” “ I'm comin ' ovah and , Chino , Bodega wants ta see you like now . ” I waited for Sapo downstairs with his envelope .
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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