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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I'm in the middle of somethin ' , yeah ... yeah , no no , at the botanica , que
pendejos son , yeah ... yeah ... at the botanica . ” He put the phone down the desk
and looked at me . “ Like I was tellin ' you , Chino , check it out , Nazario and I
Yeah , my brother is an electrician , he'll help out ; yeah , my sister is a plumber ;
my cousin does roofin ' ' And then , Chino , a blue plastic chute dropped down the
side of the buildin ' . Bricks began to fall . Pipes were cut . The roof was stripped ...
Ernesto Quiñonez. up " Yeah ? " “ The nigga was indicted on charges of
racketeerin ' . The judge posted bail at two million and his boys ran down to court
and paid it in cash . Now thass serious money . " " Yeah , yeah , yeah . Now 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
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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