Bodega Dreams

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Bodega Dreams

By Ernesto Quinonez; Ernesto Quiinonez

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375705892, 224pp.

Publication Date: March 14, 2000

"A new and authentic voice of the urban Latino experience." --Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican
In a stunning narrative combining the gritty rhythms of Junot Diaz with the noirgenius of Walter Mosley, Bodega Dreams announces the arrival of a writer who "The Village Voice" has already hailed as "a Writer on the Verge."
The word is out in Spanish Harlem: Willy 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.
Lyric, 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.

About the Author
Ernesto Quinonez is the author of Bodega Dreams, which was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title as well as a Borders Bookstore Original New Voice selection. He lives in Harlem.

Praise For Bodega Dreams

"Rich with eye-opening detail, [this is] a lively and entertaining work by a young writer whose talents are deserving of a wide readership."  -Oscar Hijuelos