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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The English news channels didn't make a big deal out of it , to them Alberto
Salazar was just a Latin reporter for a small newspaper . Just another dead
Latino tonight . It only got a blurb . But I needed to find out more , in case Alberto
And as El Diario kept publishing more facts about Salazar , Blanca couldn't help
herself . “ 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 ...
B'cause Salazar belonged to Aaron Fischman . ” " Who ? " “ He is ... Then Nazario
finds out Salazar made a deal with Fischman . ... That's what Salazar was
planning on , exposing me for buying buildings with socalled dirty money . I
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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