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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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 wanted to be. To have a name other than the one
your parents had given you meant you had status in school, had status on your ...
Soon this term caught on and it became a street phrase: “Shut the fuck up or I'll
give you a Kool-Aid smile." Junior was no longer just Junior, but sometimes
Junior Jiga of 109th Street. Then there were the names your parents had called
All the guys, I mean, except Sapo. “Shit, man, she ain't gold. She ain't the fucken
Virgin Mary." “Blanca's Pentecostal, bro. Not Catholic.” “Whatevah the fuck she is.
All the guys really want is to fuck her, so why do they keep her in some ...
Yo, my aunt was Pentecostal and she, bro, she has fucked half the men in her
congregation. Esa ha cosido mas huevosque una sartén.” “Respect, Sapo.
Blanca believes in that shit, so—" Sapo would cut me off. “So you like her, thass
I thought you had more brains than most of the f.s.fucks in this neighborhood."
When Blanca cursed, I knew she was mad. Even when she was angry I could
detect some hesitation, a stutter before the curse. Blanca measured her curses
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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