Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn


Nicole Dennis-Benn

I loved this novel set in Jamaica and Brooklyn for the colourful characters, both good and evil, and the sheer liveliness of both communities. The plot is heartbreaking and many readers will find the reading extremely distressing but (spoiler alert) there is comfort in the ending. An outstanding second novel by an established Jamaican writer.


Tru is still looking down at her vomit, tears blurring her eyes and streaming down her hot face. She wants her mother. Ever since her mother left, Tru has been feeling trapped in a space between dreaming and waking. When she came back from the airport, she expected to see her mother, searching the whole house to find her, thinking maybe, she just maybe, she didn’t really leave. That she was only dreaming everything.

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