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Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse

Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse

"This book revealed itself in a fever dream, a moment before dying! This book kissed my face and covered me in its blood! This book crawled into my bed at night and laid eggs under my skin! Tender and funny and relatable even if you're not into 'reading' or 'books' or 'poetry' or 'necromancy,' Dreaming of You is living and vivid and hideous and sweet and fearful and lovely."

Zoey W.

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Author Melissa Lozada-Oliva
Publisher Astra House
Publication Date 2021-10-26
Section New Hardcover - Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Zoey W.
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781662600593

"A feverish story of young adulthood, exploring how fandom and obsession shape how we relate to the world . . . Dreaming of You navigates the complexities of Latinx identity, self-loathing, love, and the loneliness of drifting into adulthood." —Miguel Salazar, Vulture

"An enjoyably madcap journey through the wasteland of fame, popular culture, and feminine identity in a post-colonial world." —Starred Review, Kirkus

A macabre novel in verse of loss, longing, and identity crises following a poet who resurrects pop star Selena from the dead.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva's Dreaming of You is an absurd yet heartfelt examination of celebrity worship.

A young Latinx poet grappling with loneliness and heartache decides one day to bring Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla back to life. The séance kicks off an uncanny trip narrated by a Greek chorus of gossiping spirits as she journeys through a dead celebrity prom, encounters her shadow self, and performs karaoke in hell.

In visceral poems embodying millennial angst, paragraph-long conversations overheard at her local coffeeshop, and unhinged Twitter rants, Lozada-Oliva reveals an eerie, sometimes gruesome, yet moving love story.

Playfully morbid and profoundly candid, an interrogation of Latinidad, womanhood, obsession, and disillusionment, Dreaming of You grapples with the cost of being seen for your truest self.

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