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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Rita Moreno , she was once like you , is Rita Moreno hooking ? " Tapia then
pointed at one of the guys . “ Reggie Jackson , he was once as young as you ,
he's half Puerto Rican , is Reggie in jail ? They worked hard . That's what you
have to ...
I stopped for a minute and even though it was dark I studied the rubble of a
building that once stood there . Scorched bricks with wild grass growing all
around the lot . A toilet seat lay on its side , a sink and a bathtub too . Fireflies
were flashing ...
Old women gossiped and laughed as they sat on project benches or by tenement
stoops , where they once played as children with no backyards - yes , they were
happy too . Murals had been painted in memory of Bodega . The entire graffiti ...
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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