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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... stuck with those names that were always getting their asses kicked. sApo was
the same around everybody, it didn't matter if it was the president of the United
States or some junkie, Sapo was himself. He was that way around any girl, too.
hood that you could curse around, act stupid, and all that, and then there were
girls that you just didn't. Sapo couldn't care less. Nancy Saldivia was the second
type. First, she was a Pentecostalgirl. More important, she was fine. All the guys ...
But the one thingyou could never make fun of about Pentecostals was their girls.
They had the prettiest church girls in the neighborhood. You knew their beauty
was real because they didn't wear any makeup and still looked good. And I had ...
“Let me tell you, bro, I always knew you were gonna marry that girl. And that's all
right cuz she's fine, but you got to admit she's a bitch sometimes." His hand
landed on my shoulder and he said, “Bodega is nice, man. You'll like the guy." “
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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