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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She was intelligent, polite, and friendly, and since she never cursed everyone
called her Blanca. Blanca wasn't allowed to wear jeans but she made up for it by
wearing tight, short skirts. She always carried a Bible with her and never talked ...
Blanca believes in that shit, so—" Sapo would cut me off. “So you like her, thass
all. Because it's really bullshit. But you like her so you riding that shit, bro. But you
know it's all bullshit. Yo, check this out, my moms prays to her saint, Santa Clara,
what Blanca could never understand. Sapo was important to me. Sapo had
arrived at a time when I needed someone there, next to me, so I could feel
valuable. My childhood and adolescent life had been made up of times with him,
as I later ...
Blanca thought the same, and when we started going out we would talk about
this all the time. “Julio, don't you hate it when people from the neighborhood who
somehow manage to leave change their names? Instead of Juan, they want to be
Blanca did too, and she had fits. "You know he's bad news. Always has been. I
don't want you around Enrique.” “What are you, my mother?" "He's a drug dealer,
Julio." “Man, you're brilliant, Blanca. What could have possibly given him away?
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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