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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And Mayor Lindsay , the biggest fraud this fucken city has ever known , but with
enough charisma to charm Hitler , sent his fucken city officials and his police
goons after us . So we started stackin ' guns inside a church we took over by 11lth
Why don't you fucken put that shit in the news . I heard you the third time . " And I
didn't bother to say it again . Sapo stopped his car in front of the poultry house on
110th and Second where you could buy live chickens , turkeys , geese , and ...
Fucken shit . ” He opened all the doors and pressed a button to slide all the
windows down . He took out a cigarette and the three of us waited outside the car
for the smell to clear . “ I feel bad for that bird , you know , ” Nene said , “ but you ...
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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