Patsy: A Novel

Patsy: A Novel

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Best Books of 2019: O, The Oprah Magazine • Time • NPR Washington Post • "50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2019" A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Selection A Washington Post Lily Lit Club Selection New York Times Book Review • Editors’ Choice Selection Apple Books • Best Books of the Month Kirkus Reviews • Most Memorable Fictional Families of 2019 Longlisted • Aspen Words Literary Prize 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. When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, the beautiful but impoverished Jamaican town where she was raised. More than anything, Patsy wishes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, whose letters arrive from New York steeped in the promise of a happier life and the possible rekindling of their young love. But Patsy’s plans don’t include her overzealous, evangelical mother—or even her five-year-old daughter, Tru. Beating with the pulse of a long-witheld confession, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to choose herself first—not to give a better life to her family back home. Patsy leaves Tru behind in a defiant act of self-preservation, hoping for a new start where she can be, and love, whomever she wants. But when Patsy arrives in Brooklyn, America is not as Cicely’s treasured letters described; to survive as an undocumented immigrant, she is forced to work as a bathroom attendant and nanny. Meanwhile, Tru builds a faltering relationship with her father back in Jamaica, grappling with her own questions of identity and sexuality, and trying desperately to empathize with her mother’s decision. Expertly evoking the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, Patsy weaves between the lives of Patsy and Tru in vignettes spanning more than a decade as mother and daughter ultimately find a way back to one another. As with her masterful debut, Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Dennis-Benn once again charts the geography of a hidden world—that of a paradise lost, swirling with the echoes of lilting patois, in which one woman fights to discover her sense of self in a world that tries to define her. Passionate, moving, and fiercely urgent, Patsy is a prismatic depiction of immigration and womanhood, and the lasting threads of love stretching across years and oceans. One of the "Most Anticipated Books of the Summer": Entertainment Weekly • Vogue • Time • Washington Post • Buzzfeed • Vulture • O, the Oprah Magazine • Vanity Fair • Elle • Real Simple • NYLON • New York Post • Newsday • Southern Living
Publisher: [S.l.]: Liveright, 2019.
ISBN: 9781631495649
Characteristics: 432 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary


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Apr 30, 2020

I liked that much of the dialogue in this book was written in Patois as it gave it a lot of authenticity and what I believe may be a real feeling of Jamaica. The characters are well developed with their lives being revealed as the book progresses and pieces fall into place. Patsy, Tru, Marva and Roy finally find their niches. I felt the book could have been a bit shorter, it dragged in a few places. Overall a good read and highlights the some of difficulty of being an Immigrant in the US, being a Women and Family seperation.


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Feb 10, 2020

"But di weirdest t'ing 'bout life is dat it's only understood backward. Yuh neva know what's at di end ah dis tunnel waiting fah you, sweetheart."

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