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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The more guys that saw you lose fights without ever backing down , the better .
This didn't mean you were home free , it simply meant bigger guys would think
twice before starting something with you . Getting a name meant I had to fight .
But they're getting a slice , right ? See , Chino , I see it as a grant . Just like IBM
issues grants , like Mobil issues grants . Do those places really want to give
money away ? I don't think so . But it helps their image , it's tax deductible , and
Blanca , why does me becoming Pentecostal have any bearing on you getting
your privileges back ? On you playing the tambourine in front of the congregation
? Why do they look at me and my faults and and “ Because it was my decision to
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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