Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Here Comes the Sun

Nicole Dennis-Benn

This debut award-winning novel portrays the other side of paradise, showing how the poor live in Jamaica's Montego Bay beach resort. Brilliant characters but, with some exceptions, not very pleasant ones. Ground down by poverty, acquiring money by any means is the main goal. A compulsive read despite the squalor perhaps because the reader, like the characters, believes that life must get better. The Jamaican patois is authentic & not a barrier.


At first she despised herself for letting him touch her. But then she despised herself for the pride that made her believe she had a choice. What she got from it (and continues to get from it) was better than scrubbing floors.
She didn't want to lose this opportunity. All she wanted in the beginning was to be exposed to other worlds, anything that could take her out of this squalor and give her a chance to get away from Delores and the memory of what her mother had done to her.

  • The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
  • Augustown by Kei Miller

Books with similar mood

The Neighborhood

Mario Vargas Llosa

The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver

Chan Koonchung

Epiphany Jones

Michael Grothaus

The End of Eddy

Édouard Louis


Katharine Grant

Blooms of Darkness

Aharon Appelfeld

The Dead Won't Sleep

Anna Smith

Easy Money

Jens Lapidus

The Craze

Paul Southern

King of the Badgers

Philip Hensher

Child's Play

Kia Abdullah

Ice Cold

Andrea Maria Schenkel


Yaa Gyasi

The Other Mrs Walker

Mary Paulson-Ellis

The Undertaking

Audrey Magee

Boxer Handsome

Anna Whitwham

The House of Impossible Beauties

Joseph Cassara

A Good Country

Laleh Khadivi

The Hermit

Thomas Rydahl

The Blue Room

Hanne Ørstavik

Birmingham Noir

Joel Lane (ed)

The Secret Hunters

Ranulph Fiennes


Ewan Morrison

Blue Ticket

Sophie Mackintosh


Miha Mazzini

The Exit

Helen Fitzgerald

The Poisoning Angel

Jean Teulé


Oisin Fagan

The Dark Circle

Linda Grant

Death in Breslau

Marek Krajewski

Say You're One of Them

Uwem Akpan

The Hidden

Tobias Hill

Football Seasons

Mick Bower

Forest Gate

Peter Akinti

I am China

Xiaolu Guo


Christos Tsiolkas


J M Ledgard

The Hanging Shed

Gordon Ferris

Temperance Town

John Williams


Courttia Newland

Bed of Nails

Antonin Varenne

All Woman and Springtime

B W Jones

Exit Through the Wound

North Morgan

Forgetting Zoe

Ray Robinson

This is How

M J Hyland

Mouths of Babes

Stella Duffy


Henry Flesh

The Discomfort of Evening

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

A History of Loneliness

John Boyne