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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But if you're up to something , something stupid with Sapo that's going to get you
in some trouble , I want to hear about it . I want to hear it from you . ” Blanca faced
me . Her hazel eyes stared fiercely into mine . I blinked . She didn't . She poked ...
If they hear it out of someone else's mouth then you will be ridiculed . ” That made
me uneasy . Without her knowing it Blanca was talking to me about Bodega .
About things that I had yet to tell her . Things that I hoped she would never hear ...
It's just that she didn't want to talk about it any longer , she was really tired , thass
all . ” He seemed to desperately need to hear Vera say that she had never loved
her husband . He needed to hear it and wanted others to be there as witnesses .
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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