Ernesto Quinonez was born in Ecuador, but arrived to New York City he was eighteen months old and was raised in El Barrio, East Harlem. Quinonez is also the author of Bodega Dreams and Chango's Fire. Quinonez is an Associate Professor at Cornell University, where he teaches Creative Writing, Latino Fiction and Magical Realism, among others.
"Bodega is a fascinating character. . . . The story [Quinonez]
tells has energy and verve." -The New York Times Book
"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, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
"A new and authentic voice of the urban Latino experience." -Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican
"[Quinonez's] ideas for using fiction to galvanize the city into confronting poverty are invigorating. . . . Blend[s] street-smart dialogue, culturally relevant prose, and progressive politics into a noir thriller with literary merit." -Time Out New York