Heralded for writing “deeply memorable . . . women” (Jennifer Senior, New York Times), Nicole Dennis-Benn introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine for our times: the eponymous Patsy, who leaves her young daughter behind in Jamaica to follow Cicely, her oldest friend, to New York. Beating with the pulse of a long-withheld confession and peppered with lilting patois, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to love whomever she chooses, bravely putting herself first. But to survive as an undocumented immigrant, Patsy is forced to work as a nanny, while back in Jamaica her daughter, Tru, ironically struggles to understand why she was left behind. Greeted with international critical acclaim from readers who, at last, saw themselves represented in Patsy, this astonishing novel “fills a literary void with compassion, complexity and tenderness” (Joshunda Sanders, Time), offering up a vital portrait of the chasms between selfhood and motherhood, the American dream and reality.
Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she teaches at Princeton and lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.
Best Books of 2019: Washington Post – O, The Oprah Magazine – Time – NPR – People – Buzzfeed
A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Selection
Winner – Lambda Literary Award [Lesbian Fiction]
A Washington Post Lily Lit Club Selection
Longlisted – PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
American Library Association – A Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor Book (Stonewall Book Awards)
Finalist – Aspen Words Literary Prize
Finalist – Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize
Apple Books – Best Books of the Month
New York Times Book Review – Editors’ Choice Selection
Kirkus Reviews – Most Memorable Fictional Families of the Year
Longlisted – The Morning News Tournament of Books
A Rumpus Book Club Selection
A beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love from award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn.
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