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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ROUND 1 Spanish for “ Toad ” Sapo was always Sapo , and no one messed with
him because he had a reputation for biting . “ When I'm in a fight , ” Sapo would
spit , “ whass close to my mouth is mine by right and my teeth ain't no fucken ...
Blessington walked over to Sapo's desk . “ Enrique , where's your homework ? ”
Blessington asked . “ I'm going to jail , so why bother , right ? ” Sapo kept drawing
. “ Yo'r the smart guy here , right , can't you figure that out yo'self ? ” The class ...
while cursing at Sapo . Blanca and her friend Lucy started to run out of the room
to get the teacher next door . Blessington released Sapo and went after Blanca .
And that's when Sapo jumped him from behind . Sapo crawled on Blessington as
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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
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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