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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Blanca went into the living room and picked up the phone . I could hear her voice
, worried and excited at the same time as she asked about Victor's condition .
Blanca laughed and then preached to Negra about fidelity , which meant Negra ...
His spirit was all over El Barrio , but I didn't see Him living among us . You wouldn
't catch Christ , in the flesh , living in the projects . “ Please , now , ” Roberto said ,
his voice lifting again , “ join me in song . ” The congregation rose . Blanca ...
I followed her around the living room as she started putting her things in her bag .
“ It's nothing . 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 .
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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