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.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Secrets unravel two sisters’ lives in this poignant tale of sacrifice and betrayal set in Jamaica. The villagers of Montego Bay have been crushed by poverty and racism for generations while their island has slowly transformed from a sunshine-filled farming colony into a playground for the mega-wealthy. Resort employee Margot has pinned her hopes for a better future on her teen sister, Thandi, and she’s determined that she become a doctor—even if that means taking on sex work to pay for Thandi’s private school. As the sisters face countless indignities, including their own community’s rampant colorism, novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn draws us into a gripping story of desperation.Here Comes the Sun will shift the way you look at Caribbean life forever.
This book is extremely well written. The language is beautiful. The way the story is told is hypnotizing--as the writer revealed nugget after nugget of information, I kept thinking of Sheherzade and the 1001 nights. The subject is dark and heavy, though. It's hard to read at times. For this reason, there are few people I can recommend it to. The title is truly misleading--the sun does never seems to arrive in this book. :(
Wow wow wow
This book took me on a ride and I was excited to see where it would take me. I would come home and just be so excited to read another page I didn’t want it to end.
I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end! Thank you !