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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Blanca had probably already asked around dozens of congregations without any
luck . Now she needed another outlet . And she didn't want to get caught up in the
petty politics of the streets . She didn't want to owe anything to anyone .
Your daughter , ” Nazario asked him out of the blue , “ did she get in ? " “ Sí , sí . ”
They embraced again . They kept talking about the man's daughter , who would
soon start med school . The man was thanking Nazario and telling him to thank ...
My wife called me a day ago hysterically crying , and told me to come up to New
York . ” He sounded worried . “ I asked her why . Why she didn't just return . She
continued to cry , so I agreed to come . On the phone she gave me this address .
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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