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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She just told the entire neighborhood and eventually someone must have tipped
off the cops . A girl named Inelda Andino had killed Popcorn . Negra's
explanation was simple : “ She was always jealous of his hair . Popcorn had the
best hair in ...
He had always been Sapo but that year , after biting Blessington , he started
turning into someone who wasn't afraid to die . It was the beginning of the adult
Sapo . His was the sneaker you wouldn't want to step on because “ sorry ”
Bodega took pride in helping someone who had just arrived from Puerto Rico or
Nicaragua or Mexico or any other Latin American country . He'd get them jobs ,
legal jobs that didn't pay a lot but got them started on their new life here in ...
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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