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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You know anybody who would do it for the love of his brother or at least for cheap
? ' And soon , the community answered him . Yeah , my brother is an electrician ,
he'll help out ; yeah , my sister is a plumber ; my cousin does roofin ' ' And then ...
Free that brother , that sweet , sweet brother ! Free Willie Irizarry and lock up
some fucken stockbroker ! ' I'm talkin'major riots here . Do you see what I'm talking
about ? ” As he asked me this I looked at Sapo again . He had finished rolling two
When Blanca said “ sister ” or “ brother ” that meant it had something to do with
her church , which made me nervous and angry at the same time . " ... and she
needs to get married . ” " Aren't there any men in your church ? ” “ No , there aren't
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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