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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You mean a Young Lord ? ” “ Yeah , that's what he was . I mean I was just being
born , so I don't really know . But I heard the story . ” Nothing in Blanca's voice or
body language indicated the name Vera meant anything to her . As it came to me
I mean , when you sell that stuff and someone buys it and dies , that's one thing . I
mean , it was his choice to go and buy it , but actually killing someone ” " Yeah , I
did . ” Bodega looked at the doors . “ It wasn't the first . And let you cuz I feel I ...
... know what you really mean . You mean people are gonna think , ' She may be
smart , but she was stupid enough to get herself knocked up . ' But when you go
to church it all changes . They like you pregnant and 130 ERNESTO QUIÑONEZ.
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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