The lives of a Mexican-American family living in Los Angeles unfold in surprising, sometimes delightful ways in Olivas's debut novel (after story collection Anywhere But L.A.). Olivas's approach to the novel resembles his approach to the collection; he resists following characters with regularity or predictability . . . Olivas's strands work their discreet charm. . .
Olivas's brand of magical realism has a sense of humor about itself, and he succeeds in harnessing the genre's unique ability to expose what's beneath the surface.
—Los Angeles Magazine
A fantastic short novel chronicling the lives of a family just like any other gabacho
clan—except it's Mexican and its matriarch visits from the other side.
—Gustavo Arellano, author of ¡Ask a Mexican! column
Olivas achieves liftoff
I want more Want.
Carefully crafted and provocative, The Book of Want
is nothing less than a celebration of human desire in all its forms.
—Dark Sky Magazine