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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So we started stackin ' guns inside a church we took over by 11lth Street and Lex
. Thass right , inside a fucken church . And we began preaching Que Pasa Power
. ” Bodega kept pacing around the room with the energy of a shadow boxer .
Nene stared at her and started singing softly , “ I got a black magic woman . Got a
black magic woman . ” Like most of the neighborhood she knew Nene was slow
and paid him no mind . When she went over to the box and opened it a goose ...
But then he got tired of it , started blowing off sessions , and ultimately he
dropped out of school and moved out on his own . That year something
happened to Sapo . He had always been Sapo but that year , after biting
Blessington , he started ...
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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