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The way in which I experienced reading this book was a slow sink into the narrative - not realizing how deep into it I was until I hit the bottom and felt the crush of its themes. With Patsy, Dennis-Benn impeccably balances the perception of her choices being simultaneously unforgivable and empowering. At no point in this book are you allowed to make a decision about a character and definitively pack them into a box of being "good" or "bad," making the entire read wholly uncomfortable in its portrayal of human nature (the best kind of discomfort, I promise). Dennis-Benn, in addition to stepping unflinchingly into the undesirable and understandable nature of Patsy's interpersonal relationships, also magnifies a commentary on experiences of (undocumented) immigrants in the US. There's no softening of this content - nor is there much I can say to fully encompass the punch of this novel, so: Read it. Just read it.
--Ari S, Bookseller— From Staff Picks
A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Selection
One of O, The Oprah Magazine's "Best Books of 2019"
A Washington Post Lily Lit Club Selection
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Selection
An Apple Books Book of the Month
Kirkus Reviews - Most Memorable Fictional Families of 2019
A Rumpus Book Club Selection
One of the "Most Anticipated Books of the Summer": Entertainment Weekly - Vogue - TIME - Washington Post - Buzzfeed - Vulture - O Magazine - Vanity Fair - Elle - Real Simple - NYLON - New York Post - Newsday - Southern Living
A beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love from award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn.