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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Veronica . Oh , yeah , wait , I remember . ” It was about two years ago , before we
got married . Blanca and I had been talking about those Latinos who Anglonize
their names , from Juan to Jack , or Patricia to Trish . “ Yes , that's the one .
Veronica would attend and at times even help out with breakfast programs and
clothing drives , but what Veronica really wanted was for Bodega to find a real job
and marry her . “ How old were you back then ? ” It was the only thing I could ...
Veronica . I haven't heard you called that since our wedding day . ” “ Shut up ,
John . ” She seemed desperate for him to be quiet . The old man's eyes returned
to Bodega . “ But you see , I must warn you about my wife . About her affairs .
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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