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Patsy: A Novel

Patsy: A Novel

Written by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Narrated by Sharon Gordon


Patsy: A Novel

Written by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Narrated by Sharon Gordon

ratings:
4/5 (64 ratings)
Length:
17 hours
Released:
Jul 2, 2019
ISBN:
9781684419821
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

Lambda Award winner…

Many tough choices face the titular Patsy: She decides to leave Jamaica, her daughter, and her husband looking for a better life in America and her first love, Cicely. While she boldly holds the reins of her life, it doesn’t stay on course, and she’s left trying to navigate through her desired dreams and harsher reality. One of Oprah Magazine’s top picks of 2019.

Description

When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, the beautiful but impoverished Jamaican town where she was raised. More than anything, Patsy wishes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, whose letters arrive from New York steeped in the promise of a happier life and the possible rekindling of their young love. But Patsy's plans don't include her overzealous, evangelical mother—or even her five-year-old daughter, Tru.

Beating with the pulse of a long-withheld confession, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to choose herself first—not to give a better life to her family back home. Patsy leaves Tru behind in a defiant act of self-preservation, hoping for a new start. But when Patsy arrives in Brooklyn, America is not as Cicely's treasured letters described; to survive as an undocumented immigrant, she is forced to work as a bathroom attendant and nanny. Meanwhile, Tru builds a faltering relationship with her father back in Jamaica, grappling with her own questions of identity and sexuality.

Expertly evoking the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, Patsy weaves between the lives of Patsy and Tru in vignettes spanning more than a decade as mother and daughter ultimately find a way back to one another.

Released:
Jul 2, 2019
ISBN:
9781684419821
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (5/5)
    This novel unfolds over a decade of emotional changes for the characters against the backdrop of cultural changes in two countries. The story will wrap you up and have you crying and smiling in hope.
  • (5/5)
    I didn’t want the story to end. Feel in love with the characters.
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    1 person found this helpful

    I enjoyed this novel. I learned about some traditions that I’ve heard of that this book confirmed. I expected a bit more action, but nonetheless, well done! I’m glad that Patsy and her daughter were able to work through the differences. Such a sad reality of many immigrants coming to America for the American dream.

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