Here Comes the Sun
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Winner of the LAMBDA Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction
Named a Best Book of 2016 by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Bustle, San Francisco Chronicle, The Root, BookRiot, Kirkus Reviews, NYLON, Amazon, WBUR's "On Point", the Barnes & Noble Review, and Amazon (Fiction & Literature)
Finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize
Selected for the Grand Prix Litteraire of the Association of Caribbean Writers
Longlisted for the ALA Over the Rainbow Award
Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award
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] striking portrayal of a vibrant community where everyone is related and every action reverberates, and [an] unstinting description of how shame whips desire into submission.
An indelible portrait of a woman in motion. Nicole Dennis-Benn has created in Margot a fierce and fearless striver. A fantastic debut.--Laila Lalami, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Moor's Account
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
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
One of the most stunningly beautiful novels in recent years... it feels like a miracle.--Michael Schaub
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
The book vividly captures the fraught dynamics of familial and romantic relationships... Poignant.
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.
Stuns at every turn.--Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
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