"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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She poked a finger in my chest . “ I want to hear it , understand ? From you and
not from someone else's mouth . From you . So I can decide if I'm going to stay
with you or not . I want to know . At least give me that . One hundred percent of
If she wants to stay in the country , she bettah take the junkie . ” “ Never mind I
asked . ” That was stupid . Why did I even try ? “ Nazario might help , nigga knows
everythin ' , ” Sapo advised . But I you livin ' shook it off . I was already tangled up
I wish I was one of those people that stays mad , Julio . I wish I was one of those
people who hates forever ; you deserve it . You've been lying to me all this time ” “
I'm sorry , Nancy . " “ You could've told me the truth from the beginning and still ...
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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
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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