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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Bodega stopped , and held his index finger in front of his eyes . “ But Nazario , he
saw . He knew . He knew better . ” He moved his finger to his temple . “ He's a
lawyer , but he hustled . He can still hustle because he never forgot he is street .
A minute later the school nurse arrived . When she saw all that blood on the floor
she took off her smock and put pressure on Blessington's neck . Meanwhile I
went looking for Sapo . He had stopped by the bathroom to rinse his mouth and ...
Nazario stopped himself as if he had said too much . He waited . The old man
kept watering the tree . Then he turned the water off and lifted his hand to caress
the wet leaves . He moved his eyes and head slightly toward Nazario , who
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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