Olga Dies Dreaming Olga Dies Dreaming

Olga Dies Dreaming

A Novel

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK · WINNER OF THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY PRIZE • INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOK AWARD FINALIST

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

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Kirkus, Washington Post, TIME, NPR, Vogue, Esquire, Book Riot, Goodreads, EW, Reader's Digest, 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

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2022
January 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Flatiron Books
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
4.3
MB

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.

Richard Bakare ,

Truth, Lies, and Consequences

Xochitil Gonzalez has a way of crafting unapologetically messy people in a way that reminds me of Sally Rooney’s writing. Gonzalez leverages her drama laden characters as a foreground as vehicles for social commentary on race, sex, power dynamics, and inequality. Each character is rich in detail, complex in development, and meaningful in presence. It’s no wonder this book shot to the top of so many book lists in 2022. Even almost 2 years later its commentary on the clown presidency years and its impacts is still relevant.

Specifically, Gonzalez gives a refreshing take on a big bad of an antagonist. Casting them in the shadows as a character not physically present for most of the book. Yet, whose emotional and spiritual havoc that they lay on our principal actors is so telling. It makes the final reveal so cinematic in ways. I love a book where setting is also a meaningful character. Despite the title, this is a novel about a people, a culture, and specifically a place. Or places I should say. One a place filled with so much beauty and potential yet so wholly abused and neglected by America that it now perfectly represents the evils of colonialism. A poignant take on the chaotic relationship between the mainland and Puerto Rico.

The other a place where the “eat the rich” narrative is exemplified by the worker class and their always compromised relationships with the powerful. The perspective switching narrative style ensures that all sides are represented in this dance. But the ending, with a few too many convenient happy moments outcomes, falls short for a plot layered with so much drama. The biggest takeaway from this novel is that real agency and power comes out of deep truth telling. It is a pathway to freedom and healing. What you keep in the shadows gives people agency over you.

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