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 thass not all , Chino , ” Bodega continued . “ I got a line of them that are being
renovated on 119th and Lexington . And Nazario is working with his contacts in
City Hall on getting me more . Housing . Housing , Chino . Thass how I'm going ...
Now thass serious money . " " Yeah , yeah , yeah . Now I remember . That was on
the news . That nigga had ... Thass right , and after that the Italians weren't so
sacred . And with the big white shark outta da way , you had all these little
Thass cool . I heard you were a fucken rock . Like they brought in the them
bitches couldn't make you talk . ” “ I have a class , ” I said , tired of Sapo and all
the rest . “ I hear that . So , mira , Chino , I know your alleluia wife booked- ” "
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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
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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