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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Look , I don't intend to keep badgering you about finishing school . And who
knows what you'll do when you finish . I wish you'd talk to me about it . ” Her tone
changed , a bit more angry . “ But if you're up to something , something stupid
That shouldn't be too hard to find out . I'll ask around . I'll find out . Okay ? " Pause
. “ And Chino , thanks for taking Victor , all right ? ” “ Yeah , all right . Just get me
her address . And listen , they're going to keep Victor overnight for observation .
Everyone is clean , Julio . The neighborhood is better off . ” Always the practical
one . To Nazario , what he and Vera had done was justified . “ No , the only one
better off is you . You keep Vera , she keeps her husband's money , and you keep
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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