"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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Sapo smiled his huge smile and brought out his own bambú . He opened the bag
, grabbed a handful of pot , and spilled it all over the ra . Playboy on his lap . He
closed the 26 ERNESTO QUIÑONEZ.
... you know the less trouble you ' ll get into . “ Nah , Chino is good people , ”
Bodega said , letting Nazario know that I could stay . " It was good meeting you . ”
Nazario didn ' t care . He extended his hand toward me and smiled that cold
He saved me ! Cristo salva ! ” some brother cried , poking at his eyes as if he was
in torment ; as if he was Oedipus about to rip his eyes out . Blanca smiled an
enlightened smile as tears poured down her face . Her eyes glowed as if she
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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