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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Let me tell you , bro , I always knew you were gonna marry that girl . And that's all
right cuz she's fine , but you got to admit she's a bitch sometimes . ” His hand
landed on my shoulder and he said , “ Bodega is nice , man . You'll like the guy .
And now , that joyous moment was at hand . I felt strange and wished I could
believe like they did . But I couldn't . Blanca's hand was sweaty and hot in mine .
Her heart beat just as fast . The congregation was about to sing , to make a joyful
The sounds of feet stomping , hands clapping , tambourines shaking , and the
sobbing of both men and women filled the room . Whole families were ... Others
came up to shake his hand , congratulating him on such a great sermon . “ So
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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