Here Comes The Sun by Nicole  Dennis-bennHere Comes The Sun by Nicole  Dennis-benn

Here Comes The Sun

byNicole  Dennis-benn

Hardcover | August 2, 2016

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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.
Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she teaches at Princeton and lives with her wife in Brooklyn. Her website is
Title:Here Comes The SunFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.5 × 6.3 × 0.8 inPublished:August 2, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1631491768

ISBN - 13:9781631491764


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sad I was given this book for Christmas, and didn't know much about it. At different times I wanted to abandon it because it was slow starting, but then got sucked into the dark lives of the women in River Bank. Could their lives have been different if Delores made better decisions, maybe. Margot did what she could to survive, and poor Thandi was the bearer and both her mother's and her sister's guilt and pain and she had dark secrets of her own. This is not the book I would have picked for myself. as it was just so sad!
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poignant I really liked the way that this story was told - it was authentic and quite moving. It is a story of three women - a mother and her two daughters - living in Jamaica. One works at a resort, where she interacts with foreign travelers coming to Jamaica for the beauty and relaxation, but the island is anything but that for the residents. Many are struggling to make ends meet, which is a harsh contrast to the resort owners and visitors. Each woman has problems and ideas of their own, from how women should behave, who they should associate with, what beauty means, and how they want their futures to unfold.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly wish there was a different ending This book was a great read. I loved the Jamaican dialect and thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself into the lives of the individuals depicted in the book. The overall book was amazing but the ending was a bit of a letdown.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So close to being amazing Such a good premise and the whole book was so good - until the ending which was a bit too neat
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a good read This book was a good read. I believe the book was speaking the truth. People see the fun in the sun and don't understand the real struggles of the islands, from money, sex, skin colour, land and hotels, race and so much more.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not So Sunny ‘Membah dis, nobody love a black girl. Not even harself. Don’t let the beautiful bright cover fool you, this book is bleak. This is the story of a family, the secrets they keep, and the fight for a better life. Despite living in a part of town that is less than prosperous, Margot has a prestigious job at a tourist’s resort hotel. She endured an unspeakable tragedy at the hands of her mother as a child, and is now determined to do anything that it takes to keep her younger sister, Thandi, from following her dark path. Because of her mother, Margot engages in prostitution to make ends meet and keep up with Thandi’s expensive schooling. While the family expects Thandi to become a lawyer or doctor, she is occupied with a boy from a bad neighborhood, lightening her skin, and dreams of becoming an artist. Margot and Thandie, along with their mother Dolores, harbor damaging and painful secrets which are exasperated by the confines of their culture. Nicole Dennis-Benn has crafted an engaging story that had me moving quickly through the pages. I cared about these characters and was deeply invested in their fates. This book touches on LGBTQ issues, and issues that people of colour face with raw power. I’m half Jamaican, and I absolutely love reading Jamaican authors – recommendations please! I will be anxiously awaiting Dennis-Benn’s next work. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-05

Editorial Reviews

[A] lithe, artfully-plotted debut....Margot is one of the reasons to read this book. She is a startling, deeply memorable character. All of Ms. Dennis-Benn’s women are. The author has a gift for creating chiaroscuro portraits, capturing both light and dark....Here Comes the Sun is deceptively well-constructed, with slow and painful reveals right through the end. — Jennifer Senior (The New York Times)One of the most stunningly beautiful novels in recent years…Dennis-Benn's writing is so assured, so gorgeous, that it's hard to believe Here Comes the Sun is a debut novel…it feels like a miracle. — Michael Schaub ('s protagonist is refreshingly brave, clever and ambitious. . . . Here Comes the Sun sheds much-needed light on the island's disenfranchised. . . . Readers of this important debut will no doubt see Jamaica in a new and different light. — Margaret Cezair-Thompson (New York Times Book Review)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 Boston Globe)The book vividly captures the fraught dynamics of familial and romantic relationships . . . Poignant. — The New YorkerSimilarities to fellow Caribbean writer Edwidge Danticat, or early V.S. Naipaul, are plentiful….[A] rich, accomplished novel. — Kenneth Champeon (BookPage)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. — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)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 Miami Herald)Remember this title: It'll likely be the buzzword in all upcoming literary awards competitions. — Marie ClaireHer 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 (Brooklyn Magazine)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 KillingsHere 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 HillHere 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 CountryAn 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 AccountA finely written (and very much enjoyable) novel. — FlavorwireA Best Book of the Summer in: New York Times, BBC, Cosmo Reads, Marie Claire, Elle, and Bustle