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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So why you wanted to meet me here today ? ” “ B'cause , Chino , I'm going t ' ask
you for somethin ' when Vera comes and I thought you should know me . Besides
, I'm gonna marry her this time , and that means we're gonna be related .
The Grass Roots ? " “ Yeah , how you guess ? " I couldn't care less . Why wasn't
Sapo doing the calling ? “ I knew it , I knew it . So , mira , Chino , my cousin wants
ta see you tomorrow . Nazario will meet with you . He said he had to meet you .
So Nene called you last night to tell you I was coming to meet you , ” he said
smoothly , as if he and I had been friends for years . “ Nene called me , ” I said . “
Great . ” I could already see that Nazario was a chameleon . He had the uncanny
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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