As in her debut novel Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Dennis-Benn refuses to coddle her characters in Patsy. Patsy moves to New York to be with her childhood love Cicely, leaving Tru, the five-year-old daughter she never wanted, behind in Jamaica. Patsy’s dreams of living uncloseted with Cicely are thwarted by Cicely’s abusive husband, while at home Tru struggles with her abandonment and gender expression. Both Patsy and Tru grapple with depression and the cost each must pay to be themselves. For me, the grim events of Patsy were counterbalanced by my gladness this story was being told. -Ellis— From Summer Booknotes 2019
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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.