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Olga Dies Dreaming by [Xochitl Gonzalez]

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The extraordinary accomplishment of Olga Dies Dreaming is in how a familiar-enough tale - a woman seeking love, happiness, and fulfillment in the big city - slowly reveals itself to be something else altogether . . . the very idea of the American dream

Wisdom, tenderness, and abundant humor . . . I will think about its richly drawn, deeply human characters for a very long time

Gonzalez's Olga hustles, stumbles, falls and eventually finds her way . . . A poignant, scalding debut

As funny as it is insightful, as deft as it is original. In this impressive debut . . . wit and wisdom rarely combine in such a powerful one-two punch

Gonzalez gives us a gripping novel about community, family, betrayal and the complicated inheritance of diaspora - a wild and ambitious saga that shows once again how the personal is always deeply political --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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A blazing new talent debuts with the story of a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her absent mother, her glittering career among New York's elite and her Puerto Rican roots in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

It's 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro 'Prieto' Acevedo, are bold-faced names in their hometown of New York. Prieto is a popular congressman representing their gentrifying, Latinx neighbourhood in Brooklyn, while Olga is the 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 one 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.

Twenty-seven years ago, their mother, Blanca, a Young Lord-turnedradical, 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 barrelling 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,
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.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0956ZYK2B
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fleet (6 January 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1839 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 385 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1250786177
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Xochitl Gonzalez has an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Prize in Fiction. She was the winner of the 2019 Disquiet Literary Prize and her work has been published on Ninth Letter, Joyland Magazine, Vogue and The Cut. Her debut novel Olga Dies Dreaming will be published in January ’22 by Flatiron Books. Prior to beginning her MFA, Xochitl was an entrepreneur and strategic consultant for nearly 15 years. She serves on the Board of the Lower East Side Girls Club. A native Brooklynite and proud public school graduate, she received her B.A. in Fine Art from Brown University. She lives in her hometown of Brooklyn with her dog, Hectah Lavoe.

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