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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That day I said things I shouldn't have ever said , or at least not the way I did . “
You know , Blanca , you really light me up when you get this way . You constantly
knock me about being sexist and whine that all Latin men have some sort of ...
I don't want us to get involved in Negra's marital affairs . This has nothing to do
with them . It has to do with you hiding things from me about this guy , Bodega ,
whoever he is . This is what it's all about , you hiding things . It's not about church
The waiter said the same thing . But I've been waiting for hours . ” “ Have you
eaten ? ” I was desperate for something to say . “ No , I'm not hungry . I just want
my wife . ” He sat back down defiantly . “ I've got things , important things to do
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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