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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Of course , once Blanca knew who owned the building , and how he got the
money to buy and fix it up , she'd want to move out . I didn't want to move . It was
the best living situation we had ever had and it was more than affordable , it was
The red - orange blaze engulfing the building looked surreal . The people looked
like extras on a set , watching in a tight group from across the street . Every time
the fire consumed a new window , the wind creating fireballs that would fly out ...
Such buildings made perfect places for crack houses and numbers joints . The
electricity was easily siphoned from a lamppost socket or the nearest building (
via the roof ) . The windows facing the street were covered with plywood and only
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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