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.
Results 1-3 of 46
And that's when I heard the name Willie Bodega for the first time . “ Willie wha ' ? "
I thought it was a funny name . “ Willie Bodega ? You nevah heard of him ? He's
like the big Taino in this neighborhood , you know ? Although only a few have ...
I heard Sapo sit down on the couch and turn the TV on . I wasn't worried about
Blanca waking up , because she slept like a rock . “ So like there were places you
could burglarize and then there were places , Italian - owned , Chino , that you ...
You heard them , no one is arresting anyone . ” “ That's good , because when I
see you tomorrow , we'll need to talk . " “ Blanca , it's nothing . ” “ Nothing ! It might
be nothing to you , but do you know what just happened ? The police were in my
What people are saying - Write a review
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