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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the month , and whores you never knew were whores until you saw men go in
and out of their apartments like through revolving doors . You lived in a place
where vacant lots grew like wild grass does in Kansas . Kansas ? What does a
I knew Blanca was kind , but getting someone a green card is tough . Especially
since Blanca had cut herself off from the street . There was no way she could ask
around , put the word out on the street wire , because the street was never her ...
But I knew he was listening and could jump in any minute . “ But if she is so
unknown , ” I said confidently , emphasizing the word Blanca had provided to let
Blessington know that I knew what obscure meant , “ then I agree with Lucy , why
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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