Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
A Novel

85%

10 Critic Reviews

...often threatens to stray from operatic intensity to soap opera melodrama. But Dennis-Benn redeems it with her striking portrayal of a vibrant community where everyone is related and every action reverberates...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In this radiant, highly anticipated debut, a cast of unforgettable women battle for independence while a maelstrom of change threatens their Jamaican village.


A New York Times Cool Reads for Hot Days Pick


One of BBC’s Ten New Beach Reads to Devour


A Publishers Weekly Writer to Watch


A Cosmo Reads selection for July


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One of Elle’s 19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About


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Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis- Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman—fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves—must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.
 

About Nicole Dennis-Benn

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Nicole Dennis-Benn has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, Lambda, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York, where she teaches writing. Her website is www.nicoledennisbenn.com. Jason Berger
 
Published July 5, 2016 by Liveright. 352 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 04 2016

A beautifully written, at times lyrical, study of a disintegrating community. Roy, author of the Edgar Award-winning mystery Bent Road (2011), tackles similar themes here with equally successful results.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 03 2016

Here are visceral, profound writing and invigorating characters. Here, too, is the deep and specific sensation of experience...Haunting and superbly crafted, this is a magical book from a writer of immense talent and intelligence.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 07 2016

...often threatens to stray from operatic intensity to soap opera melodrama. But Dennis-Benn redeems it with her striking portrayal of a vibrant community where everyone is related and every action reverberates...

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Senior on Jun 30 2016

“Here Comes the Sun” is deceptively well-constructed, with slow and painful reveals right through the end. Just who’s able to give history the slip, and at what cost, is one of the saddest things you’ll ever read.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Jul 06 2016

...it's a joy to read, but you can tell that every sentence was hard-fought. Here Comes the Sun is tough, beautiful and necessary, and it feels like a miracle.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by LAUREN LEBLANC on Jul 17 2016

“Here Comes the Sun” is a crucial book that commands attention. May this brave storytelling shine a brighter path for those who follow.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Margaret Cezair-Thompson on Aug 03 2016

...she makes her intention clear: to avert our attention from the opulent hotels to the impoverished neighborhoods...Similarly, readers of this important debut will no doubt see Jamaica in a new and different light.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by JENNIFER SENIOR on Jun 29 2016

Margot is one of the reasons to read this book. She is a startling, deeply memorable character. All of Ms. Dennis-Benn’s women are. The author has a gift for creating chiaroscuro portraits, capturing both light and dark.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Margaret Cezair-Thompson on Aug 07 2016

These editorial blind spots, while momentarily disengaging, don’t detract from the sincerity of Benn’s subject or her skillful handling of the plot. She carefully waits, for instance, to reveal the early trauma that has hardened Margot’s heart. Her prose is best when she allows her characters heightened moments of awareness.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Syreeta McFadden on Jul 19 2016

Thandi wants lighter skin and to be an artist, both of which are simply modes of escape from her obligation to her family. That is the paradox of paradise, as Dennis-Benn illustrates it here: the beautiful resort surrounded by squalor, the striving of the poor classes riddled with complications of its own.

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