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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As soon as the elevator door opened , I could hear Negra yelling . I reached her
door and knocked hard . Soon she peered through the peephole and opened the
door . “ Que me lleven . I don't give a shit ! ” she yelled . She was smoking a ...
I yelled from the bedroom , knowing the only one who would call that late was
Negra , wanting to tell Blanca about what had happened with Victor . Blanca went
into the living room and picked up the phone . I could hear her voice , worried
They stared each other down for a second or two before Sapo turned around and
headed for the door . “ Where do you think you're going ? ” Blessington yelled ,
and went after Sapo , grabbing him by the shoulder . “ Don't touch me , man !
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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