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 ...
the month, and whores you never knew were whores until you saw men go in
and out of their apartments like through revolving doors. You lived in a place
where vacant lots grew like wild grass does in Kansas. Kansas? What does a kid
... never taking shit from us, 6. E R N = 5 To qui No N ta.
making us respect her by never taking shit from us, was the math teacher, Ms.
Boorstein. She once went toe-to-toe with Sapo. He was about to walk out of her
classroom because he was bored, and she said to him, “Enrique, sitbackdown!
The other 20 percent you hoped would never come your way. But Junior was
notorious for going straight for his jiga when he got into a fight. He didn't waste
any time. It was Junior who introduced the phrase “Kool-Aid smile" when he cut 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