"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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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. "Sapito, roll us some." Sapo smiled
his huge ...
The less 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 smile.
Claudia began to wail as if someone close to her had died. "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 ...
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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