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 wit ...more
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We meet Patsy, a twenty something Jamaican living in Pennyfield- what one would call a ghetto. Patsy is a government worker, but gets paid so little, she ends up doing some on the side work that is she not too proud about. Patsy is the sole breadwinner, but she is hardly able to provide for her daughter Tru and her mother who stopped working after fin ...more
Dennis-Benn’s writing is mesmerizing and colorful. As the reader is transported back and forth from Brooklyn to Jamaica, the different emotions and moods the places evoke are palpable.
Patsy’s hometown in Jamaica is poor - if she stays there, she knows the exact path her life will take. Motivated by love and the desire ...more
The mother-daughter duo at the center of the story are so well realized and so beautifully gende ...more
Patsy is an immersive story of heartache, longing, doubt and acceptance. A story about motherhood and immigration, expectations and reality. Patsy leaves behind her young daughter, Tru when she is able to secure a tourist visa to America. But unbeknownst to Tru, Patsy has no plans to return. Patsy believes all her dreams and ...more
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Patsy and Tru, are the mother and daughter in alternate chapters of this heartbreaking story of chasing a dream of love and freedom from Jamaica to Brooklyn. Patsy's childhood was rough, and she decided at a young age that she would get a visa to go to New York to be with her best friend, Cicely. After several attempts, Patsy wins her coveted prize and plans for her trip. Patsy's determination overrides her guilt of leaving her daughter, T ...more
The lyrical narrative touches upon issues of race, wealth, societal expectations, sexual norms, and more. It is a heartbreaking tale of the undocumented immigrant experience told in bold, unrelenting strokes, and it is truly not to be missed.
This ARC was pr ...more
I must say thank you to Liveright and Nicole Dennis-Benn for providing me with an ARC of this book for my honest opinion, and here it is...
Set on the backdrop of Jamaica and New York City, Patsy is an unforgivable tale of trials, tribulations and the American dream versus the immigran ...more
Writing a glowing review about this novel is not hard because this book TRULY is impeccable.
We first meet Patsy when she is trying to procure a visa to get to the United States. She has no intentions of taking her daughter nor returning when she is granted a visa. She leaves in hopes to rekindle a stro ...more
Reading Patsy stirred a slew of emotions in me, as a woman and a mother. I must admit that I struggled with the decisions Patsy made in the beginning of the story. I called her selfish and unfit because as a mother myself, I could not fathom making the same decisions she made. This is not the typical story of motherhood and a ...more
This book was definitely different than I was expecting--I was expecting way more romance, so the first half of the book was a little difficult for me to get through until I re-calibrated my expectations from the book. (This is probably my fault for not reading the summary closely enough.)
Once I got into the story, I found myself caring deeply about the characters and feeling totally invested in their story. Patsy brought me into a world that I real ...more
This reminded me a lot of An American Marriage. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing was beautiful and profound but retained a flow that kept it light and interesting throughout. The characters are deeply flawed, so much so that some of them were extremely hard to like, but that just made them all the more human.
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