From the critically acclaimed and award winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn comes a stirring portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love. When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, a beautiful but impoverished Jamaican town where there are few opportunities for economic advancement. More than anything, Patsy wishes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, whose letters arrive from New York full of the promise of a happier life and a possible rekindling of their young love.
Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the novel, PATSY, which has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist and has been lauded by the New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, Time Magazine, The Atlantic, Publisher’s Weekly, Newsday, Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, Harper’s Bazaar, Bustle, among others. Her previous book is Here Comes the Sun.
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