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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In a church full of Latinos with tear - stained cheeks , young and old had gathered
together to hold hands , rough hands , soft hands , and pray and reach out to the
Lord . They had waited for the Holy Spirit to arrive and take over their bodies .
The darkness will enslave you , like before , before the Lord saved you . Our Lord
Christ will never turn His back on us . Even if we leave Him , He will never leave
us . ” Then what's the point , I was thinking . If He would stay with me anyway ...
She's in love with him , ” Blanca whispered as Claudia left to go to Roberto's side
. He was the Lord's stud , swarmed by sisters in Christ who all hoped to be his
chosen . “ Let's go meet him . ” Blanca took my hand and led me toward him .
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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