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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When I got to our building I walked up the stairs , took my keys out , and opened
the door . Blanca was waiting , furious . “ Why didn't you tell me ? " she
demanded , waving a piece of paper in my face . “ I had to find this under the door
, Julio ?
Julio , you heard about that reporter , Salazar , Alberto Salazar ? ” I was cooking
dinner and she was sitting at the table reading El Diario . Blanca would usually
read the Times but El Diario was the only newspaper that bothered to cover the ...
Blanca , come on “ I'm not going to be a part of this , Julio . Pastor Miguel
Vasquez and Claudia come on Friday ... ” That did it . That day I said things I
shouldn't have ever said , or at least not the way I did . “ You know , Blanca , you
really light ...
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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