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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His father saw the baby and said, "Cofio, he looks like a frog," and quickly
handed the baby to the mother. “Here, you take him." I think this story is true. But
Sapo never bitched, as if he had said, “Fuck that shit. I'll love myself.” And that's
how I ...
Fires, junkies dying, shootouts, holdups, babies falling out of windows were
things you took as part of life. If you were a graffiti artistand people knew you
were a good one, death meant an opportunity to make a few bucks. Someone
close to the ...
Maybe if you would stop hanging around with Sapo, you could finish up before
the baby arrives. We're going to need real money, real jobs." “Ahh, Blanca, this is
all reruns. It's all been said before. Come on. You may know what to do when you
But I'm only thinking about the baby. I would have preferred to have waited a year
or two after we graduated, but it didn't work out that way." “Oh, so it's my fault, right
?" “It's no one's fault. Look, I don't intend to keep badgeringyou about finishing ...
Finally, during her second trimester, Blanca didn't even bother, more out of
preoccupation with the baby than out of hopelessness. When she knew I was
going to hang with Sapo, she would throw her hands up in disgust and ask the
Lord for ...
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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