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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But we weren't taught about her or any other Latin American poets , for that matter
. As for history , we knew more about Italy than our own Latin American countries
. To Mr. Varatollo , the social studies teacher , everything was Italy this , Italy ...
Ernesto Quiñonez. “ See , Chino , any Puerto Rican or any of my Latin brothers
and sisters who are stupid enough to buy that shit ... ” He motioned with his
fingers for me to come closer as if he was going to tell me a secret . I leaned
toward him ...
He spoke eloquently about Latin pride , about a sense of community and trust .
He compared the fire to a tragedy like the ones that occurred in the Mother Island
or our other Latin countries , where the most important form of help you got was ...
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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