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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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
“I don't want to see you hanging around with that demonio," she'd say to me. But I
never listened, because Sapo meant adventure. Sapo meant we could steal beer
and drink it together. He meant flying kites on the roof of a tenement building, ...
“Dios mio Enrique might have some money and drive a BMW but he still lives in
the same roach-infested buildings that we do. He can't leave because his money
is only good here. You don't see him living on Eighty-sixth Street with the ...
Across the street, on the entrance wall of a project building, was an altar,
meaning someone had just died. There were flowers, a forty-ounce Miller,
pictures of saints, and pictures of the deceased, with six large candles burning in
the form of a ...
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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