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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the Streets 1 B O O. K. i. i. Because a Single Lawyer Can Steal More Money Than
a Hundred Men with Guns 83 B O O K i i i A New Language Being Born 2Ol B E ...
The one that faces 111th Street. Freddy would hang there all night. I want it to say
, 'Freddy the best of 109th Street, R.I.P.' And then I want the flag of Borinquen and
a big conga with Freddy's face on it, can you paint that?"You would say, "Yeah, ...
Junior High School 99 (aka Jailhouse 99), on 100th Street and First Avenue,
became the outlet I needed. It was violently perfect and in constant turmoil within
itself. It was a school that was divided by two powers, the white teachers and the
They were not Puerto Ricans who danced in empty streets, snapping their fingers
and twirling their bodies. Nor were they violent, with switchblade tempers. None
of them were named Maria, Bernardo, or Anita. These teachers simply taught us ...
Soon this term caught on and it became a street phrase: “Shut the fuck up or I'll
give you a Kool-Aid smile." Junior was no longer just Junior, but sometimes
Junior Jiga of 109th Street. Then there were the names your parents had called
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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