“She knows that the woman is not in Brooklyn, standing on Flatbush Avenue, but home. She went crazy in America, her mind halting in the loneliness, anxiety, and the soundlessness of things falling apart: a sweet surrender. What a relief it must be, Patsy thinks, to stare into the eyes of sorrow and break without the pretence of holding it together.”

“One of the novel’s finest achievements is how vividly and insistently the body shapes not just character but plot. Emotionally astute and gifted at math, Patsy inhabits a body that is female, dark-skinned and queer”. – New York Times

Patsy is a 2020 Lambda Literary Award winner, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Financial Times Critics Choice, and a Stonewall Book Awards Honor Book.

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“You’ll come to know Nicole Dennis-Benn’s characters as intimately as you would a lover. They are refined in their humanity and depth. Patsy, her tender second novel, revolves around queerness and generational trauma. Like her 2016 debut, Here Comes the Sun, it centres on Jamaica – its culture, beauty, idiosyncrasies and socioeconomic struggles – but ranges more widely: all the way to America.” – The Guardian


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