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Patsy

Patsy

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781631495632
1631495631
Branch Call Number: FIC DENNIS- 2019
Characteristics: 426 pages ; 25 cm

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Patsy leaves Jamaica to find her friend and ex-lover Cicely, but once she arrives in the U. S. discovers the challenges of being an undocumented immigrant.

A woman comes to terms with how her immigration to America affects her family back home in Jamaica—and herself. (NoveList)

Lesbian Fiction.
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A beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love from award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn.

A woman comes to terms with how her immigration to America affects her family back home in Jamaica—and herself.

A woman comes to terms with how her immigration to America affects her family back home in Jamaica—and herself.


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peacebenow
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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bethgarza24
Nov 28, 2019

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wwolf
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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