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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... Lord for help . When she raised her head to look at me again her face was red
and her eyes were wet from the hurt that dries your throat and hurts when you
swallow . " I'm happy that you got us this apartment , Julio . I'm actually very
I'm so happy you came , ” she said . “ I'm happy you're happy , " I replied . From
the corner of my eye I saw Roberto Vega join his parents and hug them . Others
came up to shake his hand , congratulating him on such a great sermon .
How she had wrapped a present for me and , smiling , said happy birthday . I told
her it wasn't my birthday and she punched my shoulder and said she knew .
When I unwrapped it , there was a baby rattle . She hugged me , telling me that ...
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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