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Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel (edição 2022)

por Xochitl Gonzalez (Autor)

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"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 María. 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 1%, 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, 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"--… (mais)
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Título:Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel
Autores:Xochitl Gonzalez (Autor)
Informação:Flatiron Books (2022), 384 pages
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I love the arc of this story, how things develop and alter the perspectives of the characters - refreshing and solid. Unique basis for a story. I appreciate the cultural insights of Puerto Rican life, and want to know more. ( )
  elifra | May 8, 2024 |
On a macro level, this is a novel about political unrest and revolution and race and oppression. On a micro level, Olga Dies Dreaming is novel about secrets, appearances, protection, loyalty, but, mostly, it’s about love. The love for family and culture and place. And the love between two semi-orphaned siblings who struggle to overcome a deep-seated need for a mother’s love and acceptance. Through their journey to overcome the absence of a mother’s love, Olga and Prieto deal with the individual compromises they make in pursuit of filling the hole left by their mother: Olga still trying to figure out who she wants to be and Prieto trying to figure out how to get back to who he used to be. Through it all, I was reminded of the existential warning: “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”

I really love everything about this book: the dual setting of a changing, gentrified Brooklyn and of the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean island; the intriguing plot full of the larger political intricacies of the characters’ lives and of the smaller (but no less complicated) personal relationships and entanglements; and the rich, layered characters themselves—none completely free of fault or bound to judgement. I really wanted to fight for these characters: Olga and Prieto and Matteo. And my heart really hurt for the ones who left: Papi and Abuelita and Blanca—their mother, more myth than maternal figure. And it’s through Blanca, the revolutionary mother, who pushes the story forward through manipulative missives and eventually brings her children closure when they are finally able to see beyond the lore and understand: “‘It’s about not chasing an external ideal, not trying to fit someone else’s vision of you and instead building a community of people who simply accept you as you are’” (276). ( )
  lizallenknapp | Apr 20, 2024 |
An interesting blend of romance, politics, social unrest and family drama. Olga and her brother live in the shadow of activist parents, feeling unworthy of the dreams their parents had for them.
"What thing could I achieve that would make me feel...enough?"
It takes a tragedy for them to find themselves and make a difference in their own way.
It was well-written and provides a true sense of family and of place- Brooklyn, New York. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
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I loved this book - the audio drew me in immediately and I enjoyed this story that gave me a little bit of everything: romance, family drama, politics, humor, and characters that cover everything from
wedding planners, mobsters, music moguls, terrorists, congressmen, to hoarders.

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  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
Thanks, Maya! ❤️ ( )
  littlezen | Jan 24, 2024 |
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I am myself, plus my surroundings, and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.
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"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 María. 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 1%, 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, 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"--

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