Hot town, summer in the city. This brilliantly entertaining novel - has it all: cracking dialogue, fast-paced plot, broken hearts and broken dreams, love and passion, betrayal and murder, and extraordinarily vivid characters: Sapo - who bites ( Whass close to my mouth is mine by right and my teeth ain t no fucken pawn-shop ); Chino - trying to get through college and out of the ghetto; Blanca - not allowed to wear jeans but makes up for it with tight, short skirts; Vera - with her dyed blonde hair she could almost be some middle-age Anglo woman with a taste for shopping on Fifth Avenue; Nene - who speaks in song titles ( You know me, I m just a soul whose intentions are good ); and Willie Bodega - the mover and shaker, king of Spanish Harlem.
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22 Blanca pulled me away from the door . “ Julio , who is this Bodega guy ? " she
asked , letting the door slam . Sapo waited in the hallway . He hated Blanca and
he knew Blanca hated him right back . “ A friend . " “ A friend of Enrique's , you ...
It was bad enough I had to get mixed up with Bodega just so we could have a
better place to live , a cheaper place , and save some money , too . “ Blanca , we
have our own problems , ” I said , making believe I was trying to go to sleep .
Blanca cocked her head slightly , making a mental note of this . “ Julio , tell me
whatever it is ... This isn't about Negra , it's about you , ” Blanca said , raising her
voice and poking a finger at my chest after every syllable . “ It's about you and
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BtB_Library - LibraryThing
Bodega Dreams features really well-written, sympathetic characters living in Spanish Harlem. With a gripping, detailed portrayal of the neighborhood and a fast moving plot that's very easy to get ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - marciathing - LibraryThing
The books by Ernesto Quinonez were my first introduction to Spanish Harlem. Thanks to my Midwestern existence, and even to some years in S. Texas, I had never known this place existed. Both his novels are fantastic and engrossing. I'm looking forward to more. Read full review