When Patsy’s childhood friend Cicely leaves Jamaica for the United States, it leaves a hole in Patsy’s heart. Sure, she’s got a loving young daughter in Tru, but her matriarch Mama G has kind of focused all her energies on salvation, Tru’s dad Roy has his own family, and her relationship with an older married gentleman Vincent is strictly business. The plan? Get a visa, find a job in New York, and enter a sham marriage like Cicely did and maybe live happily ever after with Cicely. But things never seem to go as planned, and what of Tru left behind? Although Patsy is hardly the antihero Margo was in Dennis-Benn’s first novel, Here Comes the Sun, she has to make some calculated, uncomfortable choices. And like in Lisa Ko’s The Leavers, Patsy struggles as an undocumented worker in New York, separated from her child. Patsy is daughter Tru’s story too, as she grows up and learns she is not like the girls around her, and not just because she wants to play on the boys’ soccer team. What price must each of them pay to be who they are, and will they ever understand each other? Patsy is a rich second novel, at times raw and compassionate, heartbreaking and hopeful.— Daniel Goldin
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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.