"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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But to make sure I ask him while I ' m cooking , does he want to go to the movies
tonight after dinner ? ” “ Thass a lie , Chino , she ' s lying , ayy . . . ayy . . . Dios Mío
. ” Negra yells at Victor to shut the fuck up and then continues . “ So I asked him ...
I ' m not sure what you have access to ” – he gave me a look as if I was guilty of
something I myself was too afraid to say out loud — “ but whatever it is that you
have access to , that is what you will steal . What you are already stealing , Julio .
He spoke very quietly , making sure I didn ' t hear . Not that it mattered . I knew
that Nazario was on the other end of the line . Then he hung up . “ Listen . ” He
placed his hand on my shoulder . “ You were the only one here . ” He looked
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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