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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What does a kid from Spanish Harlem know about Kansas? Allyou knew was that
one day a block would have people, the next day it would be erased by a fire.
The burned-down buildings would then house junkies who made them into ...
They had been teaching before the chancellor of the Board of Education finally
realized that the school was located in Spanish Harlem and practically all of the
students were Latinos, and so changed the school's name from Margaret Knox to
A Rivera from Spanish Harlem by any other name would still be from Spanish
Harlem." Blanca laughed and called me stupid. Then she said, “I have an aunt
named Veronica. When she married this rich guy from Miami, she changed her
As important as they were to me, it was always about Bodega. We were all
insignificant, dwarfed by what his dream meant to Spanish Harlem. And in
obtaining it, he took shortcuts and broke some laws, leaving crumbs along the
way in hopes ...
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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