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Frothingham Hall Book Club - Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

Find your next great read and some lively conversation with the Frothingham Hall Book Club! Copies of each selection are available at the Circulation Desk approximately one month before the meeting. 

The Frothingham Hall Book Club meets every month on the 2nd Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

To sign up please call the Council on Aging at 508-230-0690 or email

This month’s selection is: Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

Available to download on Libby as an eBook or audiobook.

“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.”

Event Location: 
Frothingham Hall, 15 Barrows Street