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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My wife called me a day ago hysterically crying , and told me to come up to New
York . ” He sounded worried . “ I asked her why . Why she didn't just return . She
continued to cry , so I agreed to come . On the phone she gave me this address .
I wanted my wife back . Finally Bodega and Vera walked in . Bodega was
wearing a new suit . It wasn't all white like the one I had last seen him wear . This
was a very fine dark blue suit , probably Italian , with a satin red handkerchief
Then I must you things about my wife . ” “ I don't need to hear anything from you . I
know everything about Veronica — ” “ Veronica ? ” Vidal laughed , his eyes
mocking Vera . “ Veronica . I haven't heard you called that since our wedding day
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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
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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