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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Shit like that , and then when he meets you for the job , you get all fucked up ,
laugh in his face , and don't take the job . Do you know how that , ” Sapo said ,
jabbing a finger in his chest , “ reflects on me ? " “ Sapo , all I know is , yo'r doing
That shit was a shame . ” But before I could learn the details of Angel's fate , Sapo
returned with a paper bag in his hand and we left . Inside his car , he drew out a
knapsack he had hidden under the seat . He stuffed the bag inside the knapsack
Fuck that shit , you know it's me . Listen , I need that stuff . I've got work to do . ” "
Yeah , I got it . " “ I'm comin ' ovah and , Chino , Bodega wants ta see you like now
. ” I waited for Sapo downstairs with his envelope . I saw his car turn the corner ...
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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
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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