Olga Dies Dreaming

A Novel

    • 3.9 • 93 Ratings
    • $14.99
    • $14.99

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.

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Xochitl Gonzalez

I was looking to read a Latina.Woman.Writer for Women’s History Month, and I found her! I love Xochitl’s voice as a writer. I can feel the emotion, and experience in her novel Olga Dies Dreaming; I can’t wait to read more from her.

purpellie ,


The topics discussed in this book are SUPER IMPORTANT. This story was about breaking cycles, overcoming trauma, and coming to terms with your true self and your identity. I was fully invested in all the characters, and despised MANY. Overall, this story made me feel seen as a first gen Latina and I couldn’t put it down. Amazing

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