"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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I nodded , and we walked down the stairs . “ Where does does Bodega live ? " “ Bodega ? Bodega lives in a lotta places . He has apartments all over the neighborhood . You got to have many places and juggle your place of dwellin ' in ...
“ All right , ” I said as I walked to the door , “ Who sang ' Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting ? " “ Those cats were fast as lightning , huh ! Here comes the big boss . ” Nene sang a line and then answered me , “ Thass kids ' stuff ...
So I kissed her and got up from the bed , walked to the door , looked through the peephole , and instantly recognized who it was . I opened the door . He was dressed as a Young Lord and had on his beret and pin , a copy of Pa'lante ...
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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