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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Word had it he started to talk in song years ago , when AM radio broke his heart
by going all talk . I figured Bodega kept him as someone to watch his back or at
least to watch the door . “ Oye , como va . Bueno pa gozar , ” Nene said to Sapo ...
What you think , only kids and white people watch public television ? ” “ Nah , I
ain't saying that . It's just that eso está heavy duty , thass all . ” “ Not only do I
watch it but I'm even a member . So did you see that special on the Kennedys ,
His watch was expensive too . But his face was a wasteland , as if his best years
had been spent working in a coal mine . It made me want to trade in the watch
and the suit in return for him not having worked as hard as he obviously had to
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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