"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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When she saw all that blood on the floor she took off her smock and put pressure
on Blessington's neck . Meanwhile I went looking for Sapo . He had stopped by
the bathroom to rinse his mouth and when he saw me he laughed . “ The nigga ...
Nazario stopped himself as if he had said too much . He waited . The old man
kept watering the tree . Then he turned the water off and lifted his hand to caress
the wet leaves . He moved his eyes and head slightly toward Nazario , who
His shirt , tie , and shoes were colorcoordinated , evidence that Vera had dressed
him for the occasion . When Vidal saw Vera , he shot up from his seat and
headed over to her , but Bodega stopped him . I could see he didn't want the old
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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