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 I just played it off as if she was wrong and told her to go to sleep . Without
saying another word Blanca handed the remote back and slowly walked into the
bedroom . I guess she'd had her say and was leaving it up to me . BUT THE fights
They danced with one eye on their partner and one eye on their children playing
hopscotch , scullies with bottle caps , or skipping rope . Teenage girls in tight
jeans flirted with guys who showed them their jewelry and tattoos . Old men
sitting on milk crates and playing dominoes . Young men left their car doors wide
open , stereos playing at full blast . ... Old women gossiped and laughed as they
sat on project benches or by tenement stoops , where they once played as ...
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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