Here Comes the Sun


“Thandi looks at the rag dolls and the coasters and key chains and handcrafted jewellery that Delores delicately places inside the basket. How would visitors know the real stories behind the faces of the wooden masks they’d buy to have on walls; the rag dolls they’d use to decorate unused furniture in their houses; the figurines they’d place on mantels that they can marvel at and then quickly forget?”

“An engaging debut about exploitation and racial prejudice, as seen through the eyes of three women”. – The Guardian.

Here Comes the Sun was a winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and Finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award.

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In her first novel, Nicole Dennis-Benn reveals the hidden underbelly of Jamaica, the other side of the paradise we see in glossy holiday brochures. Through the eyes of three women, we explore poverty, identity, racism and homophobia. In this multi-layered, stark reality, desperate locals are willing to sell their bodies to make ends meet. Their reliance on tourists to improve their lives is coupled with confused notions of self, where young girls are motivated to bleach their skin and women are willing to sell their bodies. At the centre of this, is Margot, the protagonist who is desperate to conceal her same-sex attraction.

Here Comes the Sun featured in Section 28, our collection that showcased writers from the LGBTQI+ community.

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