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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... exposing the electrical wires . The room provided no distractions . Perfect for
those like Roberto Vega who wished to have all eyes , ears , and hearts tuned to
their words . “ My brothers and sisters , never leave the truth , ” Roberto pleaded .
Afterward , Roberto said a prayer , and when he had finished everyone
murmured Amen . The church now had its feet back on the ground . Everyone
was back on planet Earth , the Holy Spirit had left the building , and casual
Roberto was talking about paying the rent . This let me know he was , as Blanca
had told me , an adult . Roberto and Claudia probably had a bit of money saved
up and now they were doing the right thing , trying to get more . I had no problem
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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