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 Negra knew who had killed Popcorn . ... A girl named Inelda Andino had
killed Popcorn . ... with Popcorn's credit cards and I.D. It had been one of those
fights where one party is so enraged , so blind with anger they have to kill the
He said you killed Salazar . ” " Bodega wasn't there , how he'd know ? " He
shifted really hard and gritted his teeth . “ But he sent you , right ? ” “ Nazario did .
But Bodega okayed it . Still , I didn't kill the fuck . ” " Then where you been , bro ?
No , Sapo hadn't killed Salazar . It wasn't Sapo . Nene saw me looking at him ...
And when Alberto Salazar discovered who - and what - was behind all the
renovation , Bodega sent Nene to kill Salazar . It was hard to believe Nene was a
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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