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Patsy

A Novel
Narrated by: Sharon Gordon
Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

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-withheld 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. 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.

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 more than a decade as mother and daughter ultimately find a way back to one another.

©2019 Nicole Dennis-Benn (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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"It's tough to imagine anyone other than Sharon Gordon narrating this culture-rich novel about a Jamaican immigrant living in New York City. Gordon's portrayal of a variety of Jamaican voices - from softly melodic Jamaican-American dialect to hearty Kingston street patois - keeps this performance soaring despite the hardships of the characters." (AudioFile Magazine)

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  • Rhone Fraser, Ph.D.
  • 28-08-19

A thorough audiobook

I appreciated Sharon Gordon’s reading that took me back to my childhood listening to my Jamaican parents in my home. It was enthralling and unforgettable, the most colorful and vivid experience I had listening to an audiobook. Sharon read the patois in an incredibly vivid way. The patois was written by Nicole Dennis-Benn in an incredibly descriptive way. I highly recommend listening to this audiobook. -RF.

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  • Trae
  • 30-07-19

Amazingly written

Topics like Queerness, being undocumented in America, colorism and love had me at a loss for words for the entirety of the listen. Wow, AMAZING! I ended up buying a physical copy of the book after listening to it on Audible.

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  • CT Bravo
  • 08-08-19

Love and time runs a long race...

This is a beautifully written novel by Nicole Dennis-Benn and narrated into life like a Reggae beat by the talented Sharon Gordon. You will be intrigued by relationships between Patsy, her mother, step-father, daughter Tru, her lovers and friends that are as complex as the explosion of fruit flavors folded into the traditional rum and wine-soaked Jamaican wedding cake.

Patsy’s well-planned escape from a life of altered dreams in Jamaica to the promise land of America is as fulfilling as fools’ gold unlike this novel. Patsy’s sacrifices, love delayed, unrecovered time, and aspirations worn down like the hibiscus’ shedding petals crushed underfoot like her ambition will capture your imagination as you root for some measure of happiness for her.

Writer, Ms. Dennis-Benn captures the rhythm of Jamaican life and a slice of its culture for this struggling young mother and shines a bright light on the common sacrifices of immigrants irregardless of class, faith, ambition and place of birth. This story will carry you along a Caribbean wave of emotions from sadness, frustration to sheer joy as Ms. Gordon’s narration weaves you through decades of lyrical and sometimes dark passages of Patsy and Tru’s lives that exhilarates and then leaves you wanting more. Bravissimo!!

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  • Christina Smith
  • 23-08-19

good book

Interesting book not what I was going to be about but a very good book. its a look at someone life and what can happen when you make changes to your life.

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  • Erika McBurrows
  • 29-07-19

A true Jamaican tale

Loved it! The story lines, the characters, the joy and triumphs... can't wait until the next one.

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  • Chrissy
  • 02-01-20

Wow good read.

I must say I appreciate an ending that isn’t like a fairytale one. The story of Patsy is so much like many other mother and father who migrate to America for various reasons often leaving their loved ones behind. I really enjoy this book, the narrator could’ve been better though.

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  • Michelle
  • 11-12-19

Meh!

First off, the book was long. I don’t mind a long book as long as it keeps moving and at the end of a long long story, all the loose ends are tied up, all the characters are fully developed and the ending is satisfying. This book just fell flat! To many things were just tossed into the book and just left there leaving you wondering, hmmm I wonder why he was j traduces, I wonder what ever happened to him/her. And the ending was just like this really weird leap to “and they all lived happily ever after” like the published said ok look you’ve got 5 minutes to wrap this whole book up. It was pretty bad. And the narrator though for the most part did an awesome accent, parts were either poorly read or poorly edited and those parts (and there were many) were very distracting. It was as if she was stumbling over words or she forgot to kick in the Jamaica accent or a mix of both but it bad. This book was recommended to me by a friend which is why I read it but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone I know, it was just poorly written and poorly performed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-19

Finally Realistic Caribbean book!!!

Narrator was great finally someone that sounds like a true Jamaican!!! This book gives you a outlook on what it feels like to come to America (Farin) from the Caribbean island. 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • barbara
  • 01-12-19

Unlistenable

I loved Nicole Dennis-Benn's first book, Here Comes the Sun, which had an excellent narrator. Unfortunately Sharon Gordon's narration caused me to flee from the book after 5 hours. I just couldn't take it any more. She had such a gaspy/raspy voice, as though she was running out of oxygen, and such a strange cadence in which she paused after every phrase in a sentence, which often meant 3-6 pauses per sentence. This created a jerky, interrupted flow, slowed the pace of listening to a crawl, and distracted me from the storyline so much I finally couldn't take it any more. It irked me a lot to have to abandon this book due to bad narration. I'm really disappointed because I'm curious where Nicole Dennis-Benn will take the story. I will have to finish in hard copy. Sometimes I really wonder who makes these choices of narrator. Do they actually listen to the person reading a book before they select them? Did someone listen to Sharon Gordon and say, "Oh, that makes for a great listen"? Astonishing and disappointing.



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  • Julie E
  • 11-11-19

Reader is excellent

Loved listening to the reader. But not my favorite story. It was intriguing but I was anxious to get to the end so I could know what happened and be done.