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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All popes are white . I ain't never seen no black pope . I ain't seen a Spanish
pope , either . " “ Hey , Tapia , ” I said , “ I never even seen a black nun . ” Of
course we were just stalling . The truth was we hadn't done our homework and
wanted to ...
All I've ever seen are white nuns , ” Edwin jumped in , so I figured he hadn't done
his homework either . “ You can't have a black pope if there are no black nuns . ” I
hated Edwin . When he borrowed a pencil he never gave it back and when ...
I had seen him in action a couple of times , when his church picked a corner and ,
using the electricity from a lamppost , plugged in a mike and some electric guitars
and preached the hell out of the neighborhood . You could hear them blocks ...
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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