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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still don't really know the half of it , bro . Why Bodega is really doin ' all this . You
don't know , so don't go fucken barkin ' all this shit . Why can't you see things and
say why not ? ” “ Ho , shit ! What the fuck is this ? Who are you , man ? ” This is ...
Sapo , don't you want to prove Blessington wrong ? " “ Nah , I'd rather not do my
homework . ” Tapia got upset . He threw down the roll book and began to yell at
us . “ I don't care what Blessington's been telling you ! If you are here it is because
Don't tell me you don't know that she left her king and went with others , and don't
tell me you don't know this princess was called Israel . And she went with other
gods and slept with many idols . You still don't know what she did ? ” Alleluia !
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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