"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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As soon as the elevator door opened, I could hear Negra yelling. I reached her
door and knocked hard. Soon she peered through the peephole and opened the
door. "Que me lleven. I don't give a shit!" she yelled. She was smoking a cigarette
I yelled from the bedroom, knowing the only one who would call that late was
Negra, wanting to tell Blanca about what had happened with Victor. Blanca went
into the living room and picked up the phone. I could hear her voice, worried and
Blessington yelled at me, "I can handle this. Sit back down!" He didn't let go of
Sapo. Sapo started to pull himself away and that's when Blessington made the
mistake of putting Sapo in a headlock. "Yo, you choking him!" I yelled, but ...
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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