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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... and practically all of the students were Latinos, and so changed the school's
name from Margaret Knox to Julia de Burgos. To the white teachers we were all
going to endup delinquents. "I get paid whether you learn or not," they would
During my three years at Julia de Burgos, I had more fights than Sapo. And since
I was born with high, flat cheekbones, almond-shaped eyes, and straight black
hair (courtesy of my father's Ecuadorian side of the family), and B O D : G A D R ...
"Julio, when we were teenagers at Julia de Burgos, I knew guys had to play this
macho game and I knew you didn't really want to play but you had to. Even
though you were this kid who just wanted to paint. I liked you even back then.” “I
Tweety from Julia de Burgos? Later on everyone started calling him Sylvester b'
cause when he talked he gave you the weather. Remember him?" “Ho, shit, that
guy still alive?” “Alive and spitting. Yeah, so Chino, come on. Some rich white ...
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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