"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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Word had it he started to talk in song years ago , when AM radio broke his heart
by going all talk . I figured Bodega kept him as someone to watch his back or at
least to watch the door . “ Oye , como va . Bueno pa gozar , ” Nene said to Sapo ...
Did you see that special on the Kennedys , on channel thirteen , Chino ? " “ You
watch channel thirteen ? ” I was surprised . “ Yeah , I watch channel thirteen .
What you think , only kids and white people watch public television ? ” “ Nah , I
ain ' t ...
His watch was expensive too . But his face was a wasteland , as if his best years
had been spent working in a coal mine . It made me want to trade in the watch
and the suit in return for him not having worked as hard as he obviously had to
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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