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Oprah gives Patsy props

Sunday, November 17, 2019

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The novel Patsy, by Jamaican author Nicole Dennis-Benn has been named by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of the best books of 2019.

This work, which follows Dennis-Benn's début novel Here Comes The Sun, and has been garnering accolades since it was released earlier this year.

The team at the magazine, which is helmed by media mogul Oprah Winfrey noted, that for its December issue it has arrived at some of the best books of the year.

“So many brilliant writers bared their souls, dug deep for truth, spent years honing characters and story arcs, and did the hard work of creating literature that sears our hearts and broadens our understanding of what it means to be human,” said Winfrey.

Patsy, described as a sweeping novel, swells with gritty grandeur about a young Jamaican mother who leaves her homeland and her 5-year-old daughter for the promised freedom of the Big Apple.

“An unflinching rumination on ambition and ambivalent motherhood, Patsy turns a fish-out-of-water tale into a morally complex epic,” the magazine stated.

O, The Oprah Magazine had also named Patsy as one of the best books by women for the summer of 2019.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer earlier this year, Dennis-Benn spoke of the gratitude she felt for the praised being heaped on her sophomore work.

“It's always great when you have a book out and it is so well received. It's always a-wait-and see. For every writer there is that fine moment when you are creating. Writing is a very lonely process — it's just me and the computer usually, and I'm telling these stories which I feel are important to me first and I see where the characters lead me and then after all of that now, that's when I finally exhale as I am releasing them to the world and then wait to see how the world receives it,” she shared.


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