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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But Sapo never bitched , as if he had said , “ Fuck that shit . I'll love myself . ” And
that's how I wanted to be . To have a name other than the one your parents had
given you meant you had status in school , had status on your block . You were ...
His cellular phone , which must have been tucked somewhere in his blazer , kept
ringing but he never heard it . He was living in a universe of two , feeling
invulnerable . “ I hope you guys know that the Palladium doesn't exist anymore .
My brothers and sisters , never leave the truth , ” Roberto pleaded . “ Never turn
from the light . The darkness will enslave you , like before , before the Lord saved
you . Our Lord Christ will never turn His back on us . Even if we leave Him , He ...
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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