Literary Black Book Club with Joylynn

 
May 7th
7pm
 
McNally Jackson Downtown Brooklyn
RSVP Required - see below
 

The Literary Black Book Club will meet every month to discuss mostly contemporary fiction written most often by Black writers, primarily women. (We've reserved wiggle room to include a few other good books.) We'll also share a light snack and hopefully some laughs.

This month we'll discuss Nicole Dennis-Benn's beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love, Patsy.

A stunningly powerful inter-generational novel about the price—the ransom really— women must pay to choose themselves, their lives, their value, their humanity. Frank, funny, salty, heartbreaking, full of love, Dennis-Benn is a map-maker to those places in the heart held so closely, the holder may not know even they’re there.
Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Beautiful, shattering, and deeply affecting. Patsy’s story ultimately makes for a novel that is destined to endure.
Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen

Heralded for writing “deeply memorable . . . women” (Jennifer Senior, New York Times), Nicole Dennis-Benn introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine for our times: the eponymous Patsy, who leaves her young daughter behind in Jamaica to follow Cicely, her oldest friend, to New York. Beating with the pulse of a long-withheld confession and peppered with lilting patois, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to love whomever she chooses, bravely putting herself first. But to survive as an undocumented immigrant, Patsy is forced to work as a nanny, while back in Jamaica her daughter, Tru, ironically struggles to understand why she was left behind. Greeted with international critical acclaim from readers who, at last, saw themselves represented in Patsy, this astonishing novel “fills a literary void with compassion, complexity and tenderness” (Joshunda Sanders, Time), offering up a vital portrait of the chasms between selfhood and motherhood, the American dream and reality.

Reserve your place with a $5 voucher, redeemable on the night of the book club meeting on any product in store.

Price: $5.00