"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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Then after recapping our friendship from the fourth grade to the adult present he
would say, "So, mira, I have this package here and bein' that yo'r the only guy I
can trust, you know, can I leave it here wi'choo, Chino?" Of course I knew what ...
"So, man, like yo'r perfect, Chino." "Perfect?" I asked, taking my joint, which was
halfway finished now. "Perfect to represent me. You and Nazario. B'cause, Chino,
it gets bigga." "Yeah?" I realized that my system was so clean that the joint had ...
"Sapo, mira, tell Bodega thanks. Tell him I have what he wants." "In a minute, in a
minute. So, like, can you do me a solid?" "What do you want? Do I have to kill
anyone?" "Bro, you can't kill a fly. At times I think yo'r softer than yo'r alleluia wife.
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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