"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
order to ...
know much biology, but Chino, I know my radio, you know. Ask me, ask me
anythin', anythin' 'bout my music." "All right," I said as I walked to the door, "Who
sang 'Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting'?" "Those cats were fast as lightning, huh!
They just walked out. I knew they'd talk about me as they walked to Blanca's
mother's house. I didn't know which I dreaded more, dealing with Blanca later or
with the police now. I waited a minute before going down to meet the detectives.
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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