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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Summer 2018

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El vendedor de sueños
By (author): Ernesto Quiñonez
9780804170765 Paperback, Trade Spanish General Trade FICTION / Hispanic & Latino Aug 14, 2018
$21.95 CAD
Active 5.16 x 8.01 x 0.75 in 0 pages Vintage Español Vintage Espanol
In a stunning narrative combining the gritty rhythms of Junot Diaz with the noir genius of Walter Mosley, El vendedor de sueños pulls us into Spanish Harlem, where the word is out: Willie Bodega is king.

[English-language edition: Bodega Dreams, Vintage Books (3/14/2000)]

Need college tuition for your daughter? Start-up funds for your fruit stand? Bodega can help. He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange for loyalty—and a steady income from the drugs he pushes. Lyric, inspired, and darkly funny, this powerful debut novel brilliantly evokes the trials 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 in over his head, navigating an underworld of switchblade tempers, turncoat morality, and murder.

AWARD-WINNING NOVEL:Bodega Dreams, the English-language edition, won the New York Public Library “Books for the Teen Age” award in 2001 and was declared “Notable Book of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Quiñonez received the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” designation and was a Borders bookstore “Original New Voice” selection.

SPANISH-LANGUAGE RELEASE: Spanish-speaking audiences will be thrilled to get their hands on a widely successful novel set in Spanish Harlem that speaks to the urban Hispanic experience in the U.S.

HISPANIC APPEAL: Featuring detailed descriptions of the setting, and interjecting them with sentences in Spanglish and popular Hispanic songs, the book delivers to the reader an accurate portrait of life in Spanish Harlem.

PLAUSIBILITY: As a Latino who was raised in Spanish Harlem, Quiñónez knows the ins and outs of his neighborhood, and how its residents interact with one other. As critics have pointed out, the setting is exceptionally realistic and its characters seem highly believable.

EXCELLENT RECEPTION:Bodega Dreams has grossed over 170,000 LTD sales.

TIMELY:El vendedor de sueños will be published in mid-August, leading into Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ernesto Quiñónez was born in Ecuador, but arrived to New York City with his Puerto Rican mother, Ecuadorian father, and four brothers when he was eighteen months old. He was raised in El Barrio, the Latino neighborhood located in Harlem. He is an associate professor at Cornell University, where he teaches narrative writing. Quiñónez is also the author of Chango’s Fire.

Author Residence: Ithaca, NY

Author Hometown: New York, NY (born in Ecuador)

Marketing: Advertising: Facebook Advertising, Libros para Latinos feature in Tinta Fresca, National Spanish-language Print Advertising.

Publicity: Publicity: Social Media Promotion via FB and Twitter, Hispanic national media appearances, author readings.

Praise for Bodega Dreams:

“A new and authentic voice of the urban Latino experience.”—Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican

“No simple morality tale, Bodega Dreams is a stark evocation of life in the projects of El Barrio, the ’mammoth filing cabinets of human lives,’ from the keen perspective of someone who has one foot out the door yet who is homesick already…. The story he tells has energy and nerve.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Quiñónez knows this ’hood—readers may have to remind themselves that this is a work of fiction and not a memoir. His prose, detailed and passionate, brings the tale to life.”—Time

“In this remarkable debut, Ernesto Quiñónez creates a portrait of Spanish Harlem that’s as colorful and elegiac as the R.I.P’s that Chino, his straight-talking 20-something narrator, once painted for fallen neighbors as a teenage graffiti artist.”—Los Angeles Times

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