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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She stopped and stared at Victor . “ So I showed him the stub , Chino . I told him
this was in his shirt pocket . Thass right , you didn't see this with Mike or Nando or
with me because this is a movie you took another woman to see ! ” “ She's crazy ...
You're ... crazy ... I don't want you near me ! " Victor yelled at Negra , more out of
pain than anger . “ I don't want you ... coming ... ” Victor glared at Negra . “ Chino
will take me . " “ Yes , I'll take him , " I repeated , helping Victor to his feet . “ See .
You're ... crazy ... I don't want you near me ! ” Victor yelled at Negra , more out of
pain than anger . “ I don't want you ... coming ... ” Victor glared at Negra . “ Chino .
will take me . ” “ Yes , I'll take him , " I repeated , helping Victor to his feet . “ See .
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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