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.
Results 1-5 of 96
Sapo was always Sapo, and no one messed with him because he had a
reputation for biting. “When I'm in a fight," Sapo would spit, "whass close to my
mouth is mine by right and my teeth ain't no fucken pawnshop.” I loved Sapo. I
loved Sapo ...
It was Sapo who taught me that it didn't matter if you lost the fight, only that you
never backed down. The more guys that saw you lose fights without ever backing
down, the better. This didn't mean you were home free, it simply meant bigger ...
The burned-down buildings would then house junkies who made them into
shooting galleries or become playgrounds for kids like me and Sapo to explore.
After a few months, the City of New York would send a crane with a balland chain
She once went toe-to-toe with Sapo. 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
Those names meant shit around school, around the block, around the
neighborhood. They carried no weight and it was usually guys stuck with those
names that were always getting their asses kicked. sApo was the same around
What people are saying - Write a review
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