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Bodega Dreams
A Novel
Written by Ernesto Quinonez

Bodega Dreams
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Category: Fiction - Urban Life; Fiction - Hispanic & Latino
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: March 2000
Price: $14.95
Can. Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70589-2 (0-375-70589-9)
Pages: 224



 
In a stunning narrative combining the gritty rhythms of Junot Diaz with the noir genius 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.



"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



AWARDS

 
WINNER - New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Ernesto Quiñonez lives in New York City.





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