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Publisher Description

New York Times Bestseller

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK of 2022 by TIME, HipLatina, Parade, The Rumpus, Angela Lashbrook, Vogue.com, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Bustle, Kirkus, Book Riot, Popsugar, Barnes & Noble, The Stacks, Russh, Boston Globe, and more!

"Don’t underestimate this new novelist. She’s jump-starting the year with a smart romantic comedy that lures us in with laughter and keeps us hooked with a fantastically engaging story."The Washington Post

A blazing talent debuts with the tale of a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her social ambitions, absent mother, and Puerto Rican roots—all
in the wake of Hurricane Maria

It's 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo, are boldfaced names in their hometown of New York. Prieto is a popular congressman representing their gentrifying Latinx neighborhood in Brooklyn, while Olga is the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers.

Despite their alluring public lives, behind closed doors things are far less rosy. Sure, Olga can orchestrate the love stories of the 1 percent but she can’t seem to find her own. . . until she meets Matteo, who forces her to confront the effects of long-held family secrets.

Olga and Prieto’s mother, Blanca, a Young Lord turned radical, abandoned her children to advance a militant political cause, leaving them to be raised by their grandmother. Now, with the winds of hurricane season, Blanca has come barreling back into their lives.

Set against the backdrop of New York City in the months surrounding the most devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico’s history, Xochitl Gonzalez’s Olga Dies Dreaming is a story that examines political corruption, familial strife, and the very notion of the American dream—all while asking what it really means to weather a storm.

Fiction & Literature
January 4
Flatiron Books

Customer Reviews

juliusa ,

Well Done

Eye-opening book that quickly moves into important ideas after starting as something else . Be prepared. Fast moving, great characterizations, real. Superb,y done. Some of the dialogue a bit stilted, it not enough to birth the overall effect. A shocker. Highly recommended.

Beth Ralta ,

Loved this book!

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for the advanced copy of this audiobook. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

In Olga Dies Dreaming, you get a birds-eye view into the Acevedo siblings’ lives. Olga and Prieto’s stories weave back and forth between 2017 Brooklyn and through letters their mother wrote them after she disappeared when Olga was only 13, to fight for revolution and Puerto Rico’s independence. Olga is a wedding planner for rich people with too much money, and Prieto is a US representative. In 2017, Hurricane Maria hits, and their mother, Blanca, also appears back in their lives.

Olga Dies Dreaming is extremely character-driven, which I love, because I really felt like I got to know both Olga and Prieto throughout the book. I can definitely see this being one of my top reads of 2022.

An excellent novel by Xochitl Gonzalez, and it’s hard to believe it’s a debut. The narrators were also incredible. Kudos to Almarie Guerra, Armando Riesco, and Inés del Castillo.

Alasdoradas ,

Loved it

This is a book that’s hard to put down. The characters and the plot are always in motion and I find myself wanting to continue reading even though I have to stop to sleep or drive my kids to karate. Couldn’t have loved a new read more