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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His eyes bulged in their sockets and when he laughed there was no denying the
resemblance . It was like one huge , happy toad laughing right in front of you . As
far back as I could remember Sapo had always been called Sapo and no one ...
It was an honor to be called Chino . But there were other honorable names in the
neighborhood : Indio , if you had straight black hair , tan skin , and looked like a
Taino ; Batuka , if you liked Santana music and played the congas real good ...
Instead of Juan , they want to be called John . ” “ I see your point . But what's in a
name , anyway ? A Rivera from Spanish Harlem by any other name would still be
from Spanish Harlem . ” Blanca laughed and called me stupid . Then she said ...
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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