"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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And if they ' re single and old enough they want a young sister who ' s beautiful
and a virgin . It ' s the worst thing . " “ I like it when you knock your church . ” “ No
one is perfect , Julio . ” She didn ' t appreciate my comment . “ The church is full of
I thought the Young Lords were gonna succeed and that she had missed her
chance at history . But a couple hours later , Chino , I was in tears and not that
much mattered . ” I didn ' t say anything and silence overtook us . I guess if I had
A Young Lord . William Carlos Irizarry . Man , where you ' ve been ? It was all
over El Diario . ” And as usual it was the only paper that covered the story . The
passerby would cross himself . “ Bendito , que Dios lo cuide . " And those that
didn ' t ...
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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