Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez audiobook

Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel

By Xochitl Gonzalez
Read by Almarie Guerra , Inés del Castillo , and  Armando Riesco

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The story of a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her absent mother, her glittering career amongst 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 neighborhood in Brooklyn, while Olga is the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s powerbrokers. 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-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, 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. A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

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Summary

Summary

The story of a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her absent mother, her glittering career amongst 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 neighborhood in Brooklyn, while Olga is the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s powerbrokers. 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-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, 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.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Atmospheric, intelligent, and well informed: an impressive debut." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Gonzalez elevates this family drama with a great deal of insight on the characters’ diaspora and politics." Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Xochitl Gonzalez

Author Bio: Xochitl Gonzalez

Xochitl Gonzalez received her MFA degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and the recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship for Fiction. Olga Dies Dreaming is her debut novel. Prior to writing, she wore many hats, including entrepreneur, wedding planner, fundraiser, and tarot-card reader. She is a proud alumna of the New York City Public School system and holds a BA degree in art history and visual art from Brown University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English