Pages: 432
Imprint: Oneworld


Nicole Dennis-Benn

From award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn comes this beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration and sacrifice
9781786076564 (4 Jul 2019)
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The Book

From award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn comes this beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration and sacrifice

For Patsy, a visa to America is her ticket to freedom, a passport to the 'land of opportunity'. She yearns to be reunited with Cicely, her oldest friend and secret lover, but her plans do not include her religious mother or even her young daughter, Tru. As Patsy struggles to survive as an undocumented migrant, Tru grapples with her own questions of identity and sexuality. Can she ever understand, or even forgive, her mother's decision to leave? 

Dancing between the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, Patsy is the story of what it means to be a mother, a daughter, a woman and, ultimately, a survivor. A passionate, moving and fiercely urgent novel tracing threads of love that stretch across years and oceans. 

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Pages 432
Imprint Oneworld



‘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)

‘One of my favourite novels of 2017 was easily Nicole Dennis-Benn's first novel, Here Comes the Sun, and when her second, Patsy, was announced, I almost lost my mind. The richness of Dennis-Benn's writing is taken to another level in Patsy, the story of a Jamaican woman working towards her own version of the American dream... Dennis-Benn explores in such a textured, taut way what in love is gained, and what, or who, is left behind... Bliss.'

- Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie

‘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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