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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She lowered her head and asked the 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 ...
He moved his eyes and head slightly toward Nazario , who began to speak again
. “ We know that you have worked well with Aaron Fischman in the past . We
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She then looked at her husband , whose head shook in disbelief . “ John . ” She
sniffled . “ John , I cared for you once because — ” “ It's okay , Vera , ” he said
tenderly . “ Just come back with me . ” “ Don't you see ? ” — Bodega got closer 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
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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