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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A Rivera from Spanish Harlem by any other name would still be from Spanish
Harlem . ” Blanca laughed and called me stupid . Then she said , “ I have an aunt
named Veronica . When she married this rich guy from Miami , she changed her ...
Something about declaring war on poverty and Spanish Harlem being a prisoner
of war . Now , I don't know when that war ended , all I know is they never came
looking to free us . ” I toked the joint again , laughing . I was about to get up and ...
Cavalleri made a slight movement with his fingers , gesturing for Nazario to come
closer . I stayed put . Nazario began talking again . “ When you were young , East
Harlem belonged to you . In fact , there were two little Italys , one downtown ...
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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