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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But Sapo didn't look like an Enrique anyway, whatever an Enrique is supposed to
look like. Sapo could only be Sapo. And that's what everyone called him. It was
rumored around the neighborhood that when Sapo came out, the nurses ...
He was about to walk out of her classroom because he was bored, and she said
to him, “Enrique, sitbackdown!"Sapokept walking and she ran toward the door
and blocked his path. She dared him to push her. She said to him, “I'll get your ...
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?"
The honeymoon had been over for months. “What is your problem? You know ...
“Just look at Enrique,” she continued. “He has all these women who sleep with
him hoping to rip him off when he falls asleep. So he brings his dope here so you,
my idiot husband, can guard it while he has a great time!” “So what's wrong with ...
And you know Enrique is trouble." “Blanca, I'm here with you, right? Have I ever
been in any trouble? I'm here, right?" “But what if one day Enrique doesn't tell you
where he is taking you and actually takes you somewhere bad? What if the ...
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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