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 NEXT day Blanca and I rented a U - Haul van and got family and friends to
help us move . Negra and Victor pitched in . Victor had recovered but was still
weak so , like Blanca , helped only with the light stuff . During the move Negra
He used people and used his money to move them by remote control . He had
used Blanca without Blanca even knowing it and I had been the one that had
gotten us involved in all this . I was going to go home and tell her everything that I
ROUND 7 Watering His Peach Tree Blanca and I missed work so we could move
. Bodega sent someLANCA and I missed work so we could move . Bodega sent
someone over with a lease . Maybe it was the immediacy of the situation or ...
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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