Patsy

Pages: 432
Imprint: Oneworld

Patsy

Nicole Dennis-Benn

From the award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn, a brave, stirring portrait of a Jamaican woman who leaves everything behind for a new life in America
Hardback
9781786076564 (4 Jul 2019)
RRP £14.99

The Book

From the award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn, a brave, stirring portrait of a Jamaican woman who leaves everything behind for a new life in America

When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it's the culmination of years of yearning to be reunited with Cicely, her oldest friend and secret love, who left home years before for the ‘land of opportunity'. Patsy's plans do not include her religious mother or even her young daughter, Tru, both of whom she leaves behind in a bittersweet trail of sadness and relief. But Brooklyn is not at all what Cicely described in her letters, and to survive as an undocumented immigrant, Patsy is forced to work as a bathroom attendant, and ironically, as a nanny. Meanwhile, back in Jamaica, Tru struggles with her own questions of identity, grappling every day with what it means to be abandoned by a mother who has no intention of returning. 

Passionate, moving, and fiercely urgent, Patsy is a haunting depiction of immigration and womanhood, and the silent threads of love stretching across years and oceans.

Additional Information

Pages 432
Imprint Oneworld

 

Reviews

‘Nicole Dennis-Benn is an exquisite writer who paints scenes with words so vivid you might as well be walking through it as a character, not a reader.'

- Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light

‘Beautiful, shattering, and deeply affecting. Patsy's story ultimately makes for a novel that is destined to endure.'

- Chigozie Obioma, author of Man Booker-shortlisted The Fishermen

‘Dennis-Benn builds big worlds inside and outside of her touchable characters, writing through their knotty love in all its failures and mercies in this empathic intergenerational epic of womanhood and inheritance.'

- Booklist (Starred Review)

‘Frank, funny, salty, heartbreaking, full of love.'

- Alexander Chee, author of How To Write an Autobiographical Novel

‘A novel that splits at the seams with yearning, elegantly written and deeply felt. Dennis-Benn leads the reader through Patsy's life with empathy and grace.'

- Esme Weijun Wang, author of The Collected Schizophrenias

‘Dennis-Benn has written a profound book about sexuality, gender, race, and immigration that speaks to the contemporary moment through the figure of a woman alive with passion and regret.'

- Kirkus

‘This is a marvelous novel.'

- Publishers Weekly

‘An aching meditation on motherhood, sacrifice, and what it means to look truth in the face in order to fully become oneself. A beautiful book, as heartbreaking as it is restorative.'

- Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans

Praise for Here Comes the Sun:

‘Stuns at every turn... It's about women pushed to the edge, Jamaica in all its beauty and fury and more than anything else, a story that was just waiting to be told.' Marlon James

‘An expertly timed examination of race, class, gender and sexuality, weaved seamlessly into an engaging narrative…brilliantly written.' Guardian

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