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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“This neighborhood is beautiful, bro." “Yeah, you're right, pana," I said to him, but
knew I didn't mean it. I gave my kite to the wind, which took it with a hiss, and I
thought of Blanca and let out more string. R o U. N. D 2 Willie Kodega N the ...
R o U. N. D 2 Willie Kodega N the eighth grade I applied to the High School of Art
and Design on Fifty-seventh Street and Second Avenue. When I was accepted a
lot of things seemed possible. I now left East Harlem every day and without my ...
Now I realize that that's what attracted me to Willie Bodega. Willie Bodega didn't
just change me and Blanca's life, but the entire landscape of the neighborhood.
Bodega would go down as a representation of all the ugliness in Spanish Harlem
“Compliments of Willie Bodega, my man. For your backpack." Sapo slapped the
crisp bill in my hand. And that's when I heard the name Willie Bodega for the first
time. “Willie wha'?" I thought it was a funny name. “Willie Bodega? You nevah ...
Bodega asked. "Yeah, this is my main-mellow-man, Chino. He's smart, Willie, yo
he's smart. I useta copy off him when we were in school. Till I got tired of that shit."
Sapo was excited. He was happy that I was there, as if he wanted me to be part ...
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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