Here Comes the Sun - Nicole Dennis-Benn

Staff Pick

Set in sunny Jamaica, Here Comes the Sun (Liveright, $26.95) by Nicole Dennis-Benn, chronicles lives that are anything but. While Jamaica is known for its great resorts, few who live there have pampered lives. Thandi, though the youngest in her family, is cast in the role of support and even savior of her mother and sister, Margot. Already, on the basis of her excellent grades, they expect her to raise the family from the island’s endemic poverty. Meanwhile, Thandi’s mother, Delores, sells trinkets to tourists and Margot is one of the local resort’s best workers; they see their labor as an investment in Thandi’s future—and through her, their own. But how realistic is their hope? This novel quickly became one of my favorites because Dennis-Benn’s writing grabs you and completely immerses you in Jamaican culture and the lives of her characters. She uses her fiction to show how poverty, greed, and colonialism affect those on the island and how these people do their best to make ends meet. Margot, Thandi, and Delores are three characters that will remain in your memory for a long time.

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ISBN: 9781631491764
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Liveright - July 5th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781631492945
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Published: Liveright - June 6th, 2017