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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I nodded , and we walked down the stairs . " Where does does Bodega live ? " “
Bodega ? Bodega lives in a lotta places . He has apartments all over the
neighborhood . You got to have many places and juggle your place of dwellin ' in
order to ...
They just walked out . I knew they'd talk about me as they walked to Blanca's
mother's house . I didn't know which I dreaded more , dealing with Blanca later or
with the police now . I waited a minute before going down to meet the detectives .
So I kissed her and got up from the bed , walked to the door , looked through the
peephole , and instantly recognized who it was . I opened the door . He was
dressed as a Young Lord and had on his beret and pin , a copy of Pa'lante under
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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