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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But you know I read that entire Bible and rarely did any of the men tell their wives
what they were going to do , they just went and did it . That's the book you live by .
Me , I know that's wrong . I know I should tell you things because I know you ...
Blanca and Claudia were hanging on this kid's every word , like he was telling
them a love story . “ And he loved her . And she , and she - don't tell me you don't
know what she did . Don't tell me you don't know that she later left to fornicate
Tell me what is this all about . ” Like Vera , he was almost in tears . He looked
tired and hurt . Bodega then cradled her face in his hands . “ Tell him , ” Bodega
almost whispered . “ Tell him you never loved him . Tell him you're staying with
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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