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 ...
She said to him, “I'll get your mother. I bet she hits harder." And Sapo had no
choice but to go back to his seat. From that day on, no one messed with her. She
might have been Jewish, but to us she was still white. Ms. Boorstein could yell
like a ...
My Mother hated Sapo. “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 ...
“What are you, my mother?" "He's a drug dealer, Julio." “Man, you're brilliant,
Blanca. What could have possibly given him away?" The honeymoon had been
over for months. “What is your problem? You know, Julio, I married you because I
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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