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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Look , Sapo " “ Nah , it's true . Bodega is going to own the neighborhood . Legally
. And I want to be part of it . Maybe someday take it over when he's gone or
somethin ' . You too happy with your alleluia girl to understand . ” " Hey , Sapo ,
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 what you're
not telling me . ” “ Aren't you pregnant ? God , that kid must have a headache . ”
See , it's alive , ” he said , and right that minute , at a window next door to us , a
woman yelled to her son down on the street . “ Mira , Junito , go buy un mapo , un
contén de leche , and tell el bodeguero yo le pago next Friday . And I don't want ...
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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