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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Ernesto Quiñonez. shook it off . I was already tangled up with Bodega . I didn't
want to get mixed up with Nazario , too . SAPO STOPPED the car in front of El
Museo Del Barrio and I got out . “ Yo , I'll see you like layra , Chino . " “ See you ,
Ortiz stepped between us and sat me down . He didn't say anything to his partner
. Just then a door a few feet in front of the bench opened and DeJesus shut his
trap . The detectives led me into the office , where the captain sat behind a desk .
Just then a door a few feet in front of the bench and DeJesus shut his trap . The
detectives led me into the office , where the captain sat behind a desk . I was
seated in front of him and the two detectives sat on a little couch by the window .
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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