Anita de Monte Laughs Last: Reese's Book Club Pick (a Novel)

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Flatiron Books
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6.14 X 9.29 X 1.26 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author
Xochitl Gonzalez is the New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming. Named a Best Book of 2022 by The New York Times, TIME, Kirkus, Washington Post, and NPR, Olga Dies Dreaming was the winner of the Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize in Fiction and the New York City Book Award. Gonzalez is a 2021 MFA graduate from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her nonfiction work has been published in Elle Decor, Allure, Vogue, Real Simple, and The Cut. She is a staff writer for The Atlantic, where her work has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. A native Brooklynite and proud public school graduate, Gonzalez holds a BA from Brown University and lives in her hometown of Brooklyn with her dog, Hectah Lavoe.

"The novel is the best, most elusive combination: a thought-provoking and a brilliantly entertaining triumph." --NPR

"Anita de Monte Laughs Last is a cry for justice. Writing with urgency and rage, Gonzalez speaks up for those who have been othered and deemed unworthy, robbed of their legacy." --The Washington Post

"Admirers of Xochitl Gonzalez's debut, Olga Dies Dreaming, will be pleased to encounter in Gonzalez's follow-up novel, Anita de Monte Laughs Last, not one but two protagonists who echo the titular Olga's best qualities. Like Olga, they are Latina women of vision and will, who emphatically refuse to be put in a corner." --New York Times Book Review

"Unflinching and thought-provoking." --People

"This rollicking page-turner from the bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming includes of-the-moment commentary about who succeeds and why." --Real Simple

"Incandescent." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Gonzalez's sophomore outing deserves a mouse on her doorstep in gratitude... This is a brutal but ultimately heartwarming and certainly thought-provoking novel of Latinx magic, family, and feminine power." --Booklist (starred review)

"Part campus novel, part ghost story, Xochitl Gonzalez's second novel fearlessly takes on racism and misogyny in the rarefied world of fine art and art history... Anita de Monte Laughs Last boldly questions the choices behind what we are taught and demands that the complete story be disclosed." --BookPage (starred review)

"Gonzalez has that particular penchant for navigating perspectives in a voice that's at once delightfully humorous and sobering." --Elle

"An uncompromising message, delivered via a gripping story with two engaging heroines." --Kirkus (starred review)

"Gonzalez's newest novel is a dynamic exploration of love, art, and power." --LitHub

"A new captivating novel that explores othering, erasure, power, and legacy through the lens of two women of color navigating the art scene years apart."

"Gonzalez crafts excoriating and whip-smart commentary on the art world's Eurocentric conceptions of beauty and the racism faced by first-generation students of color. This is incandescent." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Funny, piercing, and full of moxie, Anita de Monte Laughs Last is unsparing in its assessment of what goes on behind the castle walls, the price people pay to be accepted into those hallowed halls, and what it takes to liberate oneself from the dangers that lurk within. Really, what Xochitl Gonzalez has written is an affirmation for anyone who's ever had to 'work twice as hard to get half as much.' Anita de Monte Laughs Last is rollicking, melodic, tender, and true. And oh so very wise." --Robert Jones, Jr., author of The Prophets, a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction

"Bravo! A remarkable story about reclaiming what has been erased. Reader, enjoy!" --Ana Castillo, author of So Far From God