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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He knew just about all the guys that lived in the neighborhood. Most of them
owed Sapo one thing or another, or were just scared of him and would do as he
said, no questions asked. In my senior year at Art and Design, I learned about the
When I asked her to marry me, her pastor, Miguel Vasquez, had warned her that
if she marriedme—a worldlyperson, a mundane—she'd lose the privilege of
playing the tambourine in front of the congregation. That meantalotto Blanca. At
So, without telling Blanca, I did as Sapo had asked. THE NExt night Sapo
knocked at my door and handed me fifty dollars, just for taking something to
where I was already headed. “Compliments of Willie Bodega, my man. For your
... see what I was going to say. “What does he want?” "Bro, are you coming or not
?" Sapo asked impatiently as if I was taking up his valuable time. He didn't look at
Blanca and Blanca didn't look at Sapo. Blanca pulled me away from the door.
she asked, letting the door slam. Sapo waited in the hallway. He hated Blanca
and he knew Blanca hated him right back. “Afriend.” “Afriend of Enrique's, you
mean?" “Afriend of Sapo is a friend of mine," I said, and Blanca shot me an evil
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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