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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.
‘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
‘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