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From award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn comes this beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration and sacrifice

For Patsy, a visa to America is her ticket to freedom, a passport to the 'land of opportunity'. She yearns to be reunited with Cicely, her oldest friend and secret lover, but her plans do not include her religious mother or even her young daughter, Tru. As Patsy struggles to survive as an undocumented migrant, Tru grapples with her own questions of identity and sexuality. Can she ever understand, or even forgive, her mother's decision to leave?

Dancing between the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, Patsy is the story of what it means to be a mother, a daughter, a woman and, ultimately, a survivor. A passionate, moving and fiercely urgent novel tracing threads of love that stretch across years and oceans.

About the author

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she teaches creative writing at Princeton University and lives with her wife in Brooklyn. Her website is


'Sumptuous... If "queer" can refer not just to sexuality, but also to the act of turning something upside down, then Nicole Dennis-Benn, in her epic and gorgeous new novel, queers the immigrant saga. Patsy, her titular character, is complicated by her desires - for female love, for freedom from motherhood, for a second start in a new country - and Dennis-Benn renders the pains Patsy goes through to achieve those wants in dazzling technicolor.'
Oprah Magazine

Product details

Authors Nicole Dennis-Benn
Publisher Oneworld
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 31.07.2019
EAN 9781786076571
ISBN 978-1-78607-657-1
No. of pages 432
Dimensions 150 mm x 225 mm x 31 mm
Subject Fiction > Narrative literature

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