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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... 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 mean it. I
gave my kite to the wind, which took it with a hiss, and I thought of Blanca and ...
The Futurists had been a malcontent group of artists at the beginning of the
century who loved speed and thought war was good, the “hygiene of humanity."
To them it was important to begin again. Culture was dead and it was time for ...
Blanca thought the same, and when we started going out we would talk about
this all the time. “Julio, don't you hate it when people from the neighborhood who
somehow manage to leave change their names? Instead of Juan, they want to be
The honeymoon had been over for months. “What is your problem? You know,
Julio, I married you because I thought you had brains. I thought you had more
brains than most of the f.s.fucks in this neighborhood." When Blanca cursed, 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