|Occupation Novelist, professor|
Name Ernesto Quinonez
|Nationality Ecuadorian, Puerto Rican, American|
Genre Fiction, non-fiction, journalism
Notable works Bodega Dreams (2000) Chango’s Fire (2004)
Education City University of New York
Books Bodega dreams, Chango\'s fire
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Ernesto Quiñonez (born 1969) is an American novelist. His work received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers designation, the Borders Bookstore Original New Voice selection, and was declared a "Notable Book of the Year" by The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Quiñonez is an associate professor at Cornell University.
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Quiñonez’s first novel, Bodega Dreams, was published in 2000. The New York Times declared it "a New Immigrant Classic" and “a stark evocation of life in the projects of El Barrio...the story he tells has energy and nerve.” Time MAGAZINE announced that "Quiñonez 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." The novel was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers title, as well as a Borders Bookstore Original New Voice selection. It was also named a Notable book by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
In Quiñonez’s second novel, Chango’s Fire, published in 2004, the protagonist, Julio Santana, is an intelligent high-school dropout who moonlights as an arsonist. The Washington Post declared that Chango’s Fire "succeeds in its rich characterizations of the people of the barrio, led by Julio, whose complexity and sensitivity carry the story." The El Paso Times praised Quiñonez's "extraordinary ability to detail, and nurture, and then unveil complex emotions in his characters. For any reader who wants to believe in a difficult protagonist, and appreciate the reality of El Barrio beyond facile stereotypes, this book is essential." Kirkus Reviews criticized the characters and situations in Chango's Fire for lack of believably but hailed "Quiñonez's ingeniously detailed revelations of how people cheat and improvise, to survive in an impoverished and dangerous racist environment. This is an author who knows his material." Booklist heralded it as a "searing portrait of a community at the tipping point...Quiñonez ably illuminates the sordid politics of gentrification and the unexpected places new immigrants turn to for social and spiritual support."
Quiñonez is a Sundance Writers Lab fellow and last appeared in the "Blackout" episode of PBS American Experience.
Scholars continue to analyze Ernesto Quiñonez’s novels and their overarching themes of economic, cultural and political power.