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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What the fuck ! Sapo , you think I was fucken born yesterday ? Yo , I'm not going
to do your dirty work , what the fuck . Me letting you keep that shit in my place is
one thing , taking it around is another ” “ Hold your caballos , bro , like I wouldn't ...
Get the fuck . " " Yeah , so if you know someone" Well , I know this sad junkie . We
can make him go cold turkey for day or two . He'd do anythin ' for a fix . ” “ No
junkies , man , she'd be better off in Colombia . ” “ Then what the fuck do you want
Fuck that shit , you know it's me . Listen , I need that stuff . I've got work to do . ” "
Yeah , I got it . " “ I'm comin ' ovah and , Chino , Bodega wants ta see you like now
. ” I waited for Sapo downstairs with his envelope . I saw his car turn the corner ...
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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