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 didn't ask Blanca anything ; I could tell she was already feeling talkative . “ My
abuela was right in making my aunt do that . I mean , the Cuban guy was rich and
the street activist she had been in love with ended up in jail . ” In the dark I could ...
I hate her already . ” * “ Listen , Negra , " I whispered , looking behind me to make
sure that Blanca was nowhere in earshot , “ don't tell your sister any of this , okay
? " “ Why ? " “ Why nothing , I just don't want her to know , thass all . ” “ Why not ...
So , like , Bodega , I already told you Vera is going to be here next week . I'll be
there wi'choo when she arrives . So why you wanted to meet me here today ? ” “
B'cause , Chino , I'm going t ' ask you for somethin ' when Vera comes and 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - marciathing - LibraryThing
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