In a stunning narrative combining the gritty rhythms of Junot Diaz with the noir genius of Walter Mosley, Bodega Dreams pulls us into Spanish Harlem, where the word is out: Willie 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.
Lyrical, 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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... of R.I.P.s for guys in El Barrio who felt small and needed something violent to
jump-start their lives and at the same time end them. It was guys like these who
on any 8 o D. E. c. a D R & a Ma 5 5.
She lived in El Barrio and had died on the street. But we weren't taught about her
or any other Latin American poets, for that matter. As for history, we knew more
about Italy than our own Latin American countries. To Mr. Varatollo, the social ...
With Blanca next to me, El Barrio seemedless dirty, lifeless hard, God less unjust.
Those were the good days, when Blanca and I worked hard to invent new people
. It was important to have someone help you as you grew and changed. that's ...
... own this neighborhood and turn El Barrio into my sandbox." 24 E R N E S 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