Here Comes the Sun
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and Finalist for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and the NYPL Young Lions Fiction AwardNamed a Best Book of 2016 by: New York Times, NPR, Buzzfeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Root, BookRiot, Kirkus, Amazon, WBUR's "On Point," and Barnes & Noble
In this radiant, highly anticipated debut, a cast of unforgettable women battle for independence while a maelstrom of change threatens their Jamaican village.
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A finely written (and very much enjoyable) novel.
With eloquent prose and unsentimental clarity, Dennis-Benn offers an excellent reason to look beyond the surface beauty of paradise. This novel is as bracing as a cold shower on a hot day.--Connie Olge
The book vividly captures the fraught dynamics of familial and romantic relationships . . . Poignant.
Impossible to forget. . . . Dennis-Benn's writing is as lush as the island itself. . . . [She] knows how to make the women so complex that we believe every hairpin turn of her plot.--Caroline Leavitt
Similarities to fellow Caribbean writer Edwidge Danticat, or early V.S. Naipaul, are plentiful....[A] rich, accomplished novel.--Kenneth Champeon
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.
Her prose is lyrical and vibrant, but Dennis-Benn has a deeper purpose, and she takes the reader on a trip that is impossible to forget.--Molly McArdle
Here Comes the Sun, like its main character Margot, stuns at every turn, especially when you think you have it figured out. It's about women pushed to the edge, Jamaica in all its beauty and fury and more than anything else, a story that was just waiting to be told.--Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
Here Comes the Sun is a moving portrait of a Jamaican family and community wrestling with the great questions in life - how to live and love freely in a world filled with obstacles to both. Nicole Dennis-Benn's exploration of Caribbean women's desires for themselves and each other is an important contribution to our literature.--Naomi Jackson, author of The Star Side of Bird Hill
Here Comes the Sun is every bit as dazzling as its title suggests. Nicole Dennis-Benn draws us so deeply into the fates of her unforgettable characters that we can't help but dream, suffer, celebrate, and grieve alongside them. Each page of this terrific debut vibrates with power, heart, and unflinching honesty--I couldn't put it down, yet didn't want it to end.--Mia Alvar, author of In the Country