Black Women's Forum UK presents our fourth online book club for black women, including trans women, and those who are non-binary or gender non-conforming, where we consider books by black women. The book club will take place every other month, and will alternate between Black British authors and black authors from around the world.
For our fourth meeting, we will be discussing 'Patsy' by Nicole Dennis-Benn. The meeting will be on Monday 1st March 2021, starting at 8pm and ending at 9.30pm.
Brief blurb of the book:
When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, the beautiful but impoverished Jamaican town where she was raised. More than anything, Patsy wishes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, whose letters arrive from New York steeped in the promise of a happier life and the possible rekindling of their young love. But Patsy’s plans don’t include her overzealous, evangelical mother―or even her five-year-old daughter, Tru.
Beating with the pulse of a long-witheld confession, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to choose herself first―not to give a better life to her family back home. Patsy leaves Tru behind in a defiant act of self-preservation, hoping for a new start where she can be, and love, whomever she wants. But when Patsy arrives in Brooklyn, America is not as Cicely’s treasured letters described; to survive as an undocumented immigrant, she is forced to work as a bathroom attendant and nanny. Meanwhile, Tru builds a faltering relationship with her father back in Jamaica, grappling with her own questions of identity and sexuality, and trying desperately to empathize with her mother’s decision.
Expertly evoking the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, Patsy weaves between the lives of Patsy and Tru in vignettes spanning more than a decade as mother and daughter ultimately find a way back to one another.
This event is open to women, including trans women, and those who are non-binary or gender non-conforming, of Black heritage.
You will be emailed a link to the event which will be hosted on Zoom.