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Olga Dies Dreaming

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez is an instant classic and a 5-star read. I read this book in April of 2022 and immediately fell in love. This book will definitely be a re-read in the future. This is a book juicy book full of family drama. We learn the secrets of two siblings and their mother. This book is for you if you enjoy family drama and epics and coming into your own. This book shows how rewarding it is to be unapologetically yourself despite what you've been told or how you've been raised. This book perfectly shows how family secrets, drama, and strife with parents can affect who we become as adults. If you have extra time in 2023, I suggest you pick up Olga dies dreaming.

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. Yet, despite their alluring public lives, things are far less rosy behind closed doors. Olga knows how to plan 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. But, with the hurricane season winds, 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 means to weather the storm.


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