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 always carried a Bible with her and never talked bad about anybody and at
school she only hungaround with her Pentecostal friend, Lucy. Lucy was a hairy
girl who never shaved her legs because it was against her religion. Blanca had ...
Yo, my aunt was Pentecostal and she, bro, she has fucked half the men in her
congregation. Esa ha cosido mas huevosque una sartén.” “Respect, Sapo.
Blanca believes in that shit, so—" Sapo would cut me off. “So you like her, thass
Now I know about wanting some sort of recognition, of wanting to have some sort
of status, but when I think about yelling things like Cristo salva! I get the heebie-
jeebies. You don't know what it's like inside a Pentecostal church full of Latinos.
But the one thingyou could never make fun of about Pentecostals was their girls.
They had the prettiest church girls in the neighborhood. You knew their beauty
was real because they didn't wear any makeup and still looked good. And I had ...
She wasn't as pretty, wasn't Pentecostal, she cursed, drank Budweiser from the
can, and got into fights. She was so much the opposite of her kid sister that from
the time Blanca was ten and Deborah twelve, everyone called her Negra. After
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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