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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Make sure that his window has a clear view of the sun , si no que vaya al rufo .
He must take off all his clothes and then turn himself seven times to the right as
he pours the water from this jar , the first jar , on himself . Then he must turn seven
But to make sure I ask him while I'm cooking , does he want to go to the movies
tonight after dinner ? ” “ Thass a lie , Chino , she's lying , ayy ... ayy ... Dios Mío . ”
Negra yells at Victor to shut the fuck up and then continues . “ So I asked him ...
One thing was sure , I was there for one reason and one reason only , so Bodega
could have one of Vera's relatives there next to him . Bodega probably had no
clue how to reach Blanca or Negra and so he reached me . He reached me and ...
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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