Pages: 400
Imprint: Oneworld


Nicole Dennis-Benn

A brave, stirring portrait of a Jamaican woman who leaves her daughter behind for a new life in America
9781786076564 (4 Jul 2019)
RRP £14.99

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A brave, stirring portrait of a Jamaican woman who leaves her daughter 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 young daughter, Tru, 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 and sexuality, 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.

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Pages 400
Imprint Oneworld



‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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. In Patsy, she addresses motherhood, sexuality, racism, and colorism; turning her prodigious talents to the timely story of an undocumented immigrant straddling two worlds while learning that love isn't a choice, but the beat in one's blood.'

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

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

‘A stunningly powerful inter-generational novel about the price―the ransom really― women must pay to choose themselves, their lives, their value, their humanity. Frank, funny, salty, heartbreaking, full of love, Dennis-Benn is a map-maker to those places in the heart held so closely, the holder may not know even they're there.'

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

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