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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I don't know , Chino . " I knew she wanted something . She had already paid me
back by getting the information and now she wanted me to owe her . " Trouble in
paradise , Chino ? Why don't you want Blanca to— ” “ Fine , I owe you . ” I gave it
I gave her a hug and could smell the shampoo in her hair , something like
peaches . I let go , watched her walk inside , and went over to Sapo . “ No fits ?
Whass the world coming to ? " Sapo said as I started to get in his car . “ Wait ,
Chino , can ...
Look , she gave it to me . It's like throwing it away and me finding it . Can that be
bad ? ” “ Yes , you're right , let's leave God out of this because you know nothing
about God . And we didn't find it , ” she said , clamping her lips together firmly .
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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