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.
Results 1-5 of 71
... whatever an Enrique is supposed to look like. Sapo could only be Sapo. And
that's what everyone called him. It was rumored around the neighborhood that
when Sapo came out, the nurses cleaned him up and brought him over to his
Didn'the know the history of the neighborhood? Hadn'the ever seen WestSide
Story? We hated Italians. At least that part of West Side Story was correct. Some
Italians from the old days of the fifties and sixties were still around. They lived on
But there were other honorable names in the neighborhood. Indio, if you had
straightblack hair, tan skin, and looked like a Taino; Batuka, if you liked Santana
music and played the congas real good; Biscocho, if you were fat but told good
All the guys from the neighborhood liked Nancy Saldivia. Her face could envelop
you, almost convertyou. She had lighttan skin, hazel eyes, and a beautiful mane
of semibrown, semiblond hair. Nancy exuded a purity rarely found among the ...
You know?" “Why would you wanna fucken leave this place?" he said with his
Sapo smile, showing all his teeth as he glued some razors to his kite. “This
neighborhood is beautiful, bro." “Yeah, you're right, pana," I said to him, but knew
I didn't ...
What people are saying - Write a review
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