[PDF / Epub] ☃ Patsy Author Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn – Anguillais.us

Patsy Read Patsy By Nicole Y Dennis Benn Petrasrobert.eu A Beautifully Layered Portrait Of Motherhood, Immigration, And The Sacrifices We Make In The Name Of Love From Award Winning Novelist Nicole Dennis Benn.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 Witheld 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 Where She Can Be, And Love, Whomever She Wants 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, And Trying Desperately To Empathize With Her Mother S Decision.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 Than A Decade As Mother And Daughter Ultimately Find A Way Back To One Another.

[PDF / Epub] ☃ Patsy  Author Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn – Anguillais.us
  • Hardcover
  • 419 pages
  • Patsy
  • Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn
  • English
  • 24 February 2018
  • 9781631495632

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  1. says:

    Nicole Dennis Benn has written an engrossing novel about a woman who chooses herself over her child in emigrating, alone, to the US and estranging herself from her young daughter There is a really epic, sprawling quality to this novel, this sense of grandness in seeing Patsy make a life for herself in the States and, slowly, messily, grow into who she should be There is a love story at the heart of this a childhood love that could become something if only it was easier for people to get out of their own way And then there is another love story that rises out of people finding each other when they need them most Intertwined with Patsy s story is that of her daughter, Tru, who grows into a formidable soccer player in Jamaica, but must try to find a place for herself in her community as she defies expectations of who she should be while nurturi...


  2. says:

    NO SPOILERS Given the premise, Patsy should have been emotionally resonant Nicole Dennis Benn wrote about the experience of a Jamaican immigrant Patsy in America after she leaves her young daughter Tru behind in Jamaica The relationship between the two isn t established strongly, so I didn t feel the sadness Dennis Benn wanted me to feel The main character s struggle to understand and accept her sexual identity feels similarly distant Also disappointing is the shallow depiction of the immigrant experience In portraying the practical side of this, Dennis Benn mostly succeeded I felt the main character s desperation to find a job and make a decent living wage in New York City, no less as she got dangerously close to homelessness What I didn t feel as well was her her inner life I imagine many immigrants feel extreme culture shock after arriving in America, but aside from having Patsy note certain differences in her new physical environment for example, stores and number of white people , Dennis Benn never delved into how frightening and even depressing such culture shock must be She over intellectualized this character s thoughts so that Patsy spends time analyzing and brooding but not truly feeling her pa...


  3. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Nicole Dennis Benn s debut novel Here Comes The Sun so much so Patsy was one of my most sought after ARC for 2019.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 finding the Lord because the Lord will provide Of course, Patsy now have to pick up the slack that the Lord doesn t fill By all intents Patsy s life is HARD It just seems like she cannot catch a break This all changes when Patsy receives the American visa she s been applying for Patsy, like most some Jamaicans think going to America will change their lives for the better so she grabs the opportunity to leave the island Patsy s oldest and dearest friend Cicely left Pennyfield a decade ago and from her letters to Patsy, moving to New York was the best thing that ever happened to her Cicely paints a picture of hope, wealth and overall happier life once Patsy lands in New York What Cicely does not make mention of is any plans for her and Patsy rekindling their love once she arrives Patsy decides to put herself first for once and makes the decision to move to America, leaving behind her mother and her five year old daughter Tru Her mother must now truly depend on the Lord to p...


  4. says:

    I am not quite sure how to articulate what I feel after reading Patsy In Dennis Benn s second novel we are once again asked to explore diverse subject matter immigration, LGBTQ , religion, colorism, politics motherhood Although I left motherhood for last this is the part of the book that I struggled with the most When Patsy decided that she is going to chase after the American dream and leave her daughter behind I was judgemental As a mother I was pissed and unsympathetic I could not fathom going to another country without my child for the sake of my own freedom But Patsy does just that She leaves Jamaica for the freedom to be with the woman she loves She wants to be able to love without fear, judgement or reprisals Patsy leaves to be free of her mother s religiosity with her house full of idols to a White Jesus and the smell of rosemary oil anointing the walls Although she loves Tru, Patsy has always known she did not want to be a mother In some respects she sees her departure as a gift When Patsy leaves she knows she is never coming back Patsy made me uncomfortable because it forced me to look at motherhood from a different perspective Although I may never agree with the character Patsy s decisions, by the end of the book I felt I had come to understand her De...


  5. says:

    My wife has set herself a challenge to read books by black women authors this year and somehow, I find myself reading reviews and gravitating towards the same kind of book Patsy is the story of a young woman with a five year old daughter living in a poor area of Jamaica She is desperate to get to America to find Cicely, her love and best friend from childhood, at the cost of just about everything she has, including her daughter She finally manages to get her visa but what she finds in Brooklyn is not quite what Cicely has portrayed in her letters.This is a beautifully written story which powerfully expresses the life of women who migrate for work or the hope of a better life in another country It s written from both Patsy s and her daughter, Tru s, points of view giving an incredible account of the trials and development both of them have to go through Patsy is a complex character who and I found myself constantly having to pull myself back from judgement, even when I m reading Tru s point of view.So much of it is such a stark reality check on the difference in the lives of women with privileg...


  6. says:

    Ahhh wow Nicole Dennis Benn s characters and stories are like no other This book was stunning I loved her first novel and I think I loved this one even I will never forget the characters of Patsy and her chi...


  7. says:

    Do you ever have that feeling when you don t even want to put words on paper because no words could fully encapsulate the brilliance of a book you just read That s how I feel with Patsy I am going to be a mediocre guide trying to give you a semblance of an idea of what this book is about There are so many amazing articles circulating around that you must read so that you can get help in uncovering the layers of this book As always, my best method of trying to review this book is to show what I felt reading it I was awed by this story There are no conventional tropes to be found here, even trying to summarize this book feels like a disservice to this story I will try my best though I had mentioned in an earlier post that I felt as if I was reading Annie John through the mother s perspective and yet, as I continued reading the book became so much than that I recently read an article where Nichole Dennis Benn found herself judging Patsy for the choices that she made I was so happy she said that because I had a hard time not condemning Patsy in the beginning But how can I judge her when I have no idea what I would have d...


  8. says:

    Nicole Dennis Benn is an amazing writer This was just too depressing for me It was very real, but it just seemed like everything about both women s experiences was horrible, even within the good parts I kept reading because the writing pulled me in so much The characters were real and I definitely have experienced and seen the patriarchy and misogyny and homophobia of Jamaican culture that is displayed here I liked that none of the characters were perfect or even really good I also liked that there were very specific Black things, like Black people who have been raised by white people and look down upon other Black people as a result, or Black people looking down on each other in general, the microagressions from the white people Patsy deals with, the whole thing with a white man opening a Jamaican restaurant based on one trip he took to the country like, you cannot say this book isn t real But I guess that s what made it hard for me.There s also a LOT of both main characters dealing with depression, self harm, and a suicide attempt, and I think that s what kept me from fully enjoying the book, since those are things that are personally triggering for me Sometimes I can deal with and sometimes I can t I admit I had to skim some of the passages because I just couldn t let myself get into that, even though they were accurate ...


  9. says:

    Patsy is a sensual, thoughtful perusal through the layers of womanhood, of race, of class, of gender, and of nostalgia for a home and for people that no longer exist as time passes.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 to redirect that path, she leaves behind her young daughter and her mother She breaks free of the prison she perceives Jamaica to be She doesn t seem at all to weigh the consequences of what will happen to her daughter This will likely nettle some readers and distance them from Patsy, but I think that her choice is part of the beauty of her journey She felt like she was never allowed to break from the norm, could never be her fullest, truest self at home in Jamaica It is a pleasure to observe Patsy s life over the decade we spend with her.This is one of the best and dearest books I ve read in years I appreciated especially the focus on sex and relatio...


  10. says:

    A Great read See why here

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