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 ...
... 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!
Those names meant shit around school, around the block, around the
neighborhood. They carried no weight and it was usually guys stuck with those
names that were always getting their asses kicked. sApo was the same around
“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 ... “Yo, respect that shit, Sapo
." “Wha' for? She ain't no angel. Yo, my aunt was B C D E G A D R E A M 5 9.
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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