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Here Comes the Sun: A Novel (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2017)

av Nicole Dennis-Benn (Författare)

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"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."--… (mer)
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Titel:Here Comes the Sun: A Novel
Författare:Nicole Dennis-Benn (Författare)
Info:Liveright (2017), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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Warning: the sun is not a thing you want to arrive in this book.

Really good, but definitely a brutal read. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
Another depressing read! Despite the strong characterisation and vividly described setting, I just couldn't muster enough interest in the story, which took an age to get through. Dolores and her two teenage daughters, Margot and Thandi, are facing the destruction of their poor village in Jamaica, with plans for a new tourist hotel right on their doorstep. Both Dolores and Margot have burdened the youngest daughter, Thandi, with their hopes for the future, sending her to a good school and forcing her to give up art for science. Margot is selling herself and other girls at the hotel where she works in Montego Bay to pay for her sister's schooling, trying to keep her safe from Dolores and the same mercenary betrayal that she faced at a younger age. But while sleeping with the boss to get a promotion, Margot yearns for the company of Verdene, the neighbourhood 'witch', shunned and punished for once being caught with a woman. Nearly every woman in the story has been raped by a man, usually while underage, yet even the hint of a same sex relationship is punished with biblical wrath! Jamaica, what a place!

The tropical heat and torpor of daily life in Jamaica are almost tangible in Nicole Dennis-Benn's writing, and I really felt for poor Thandi, trying to bleach her skin so that men will find her attractive, but the level of poverty for these women - living in a shack and selling themselves and each other for a ticket out of 'paradise' - just depressed me beyond words. And the ending doesn't even offer any resolution - we learn what happens to Margot, but not Thandi, whose outcome I was most invested in. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Jul 5, 2020 |
3.5 stars. Listened on audio (through Hoopla).

Tourists see the shiny, luxurious side of Montego Bay, Jamaica. But what about the people who live there? The craftspeople selling in the markets, the fishermen, taxi drivers, street kids, schoolkids, resort employees, prostitutes? This is where Dennis-Benn focuses her story. The resorts lining the bay take the land and only provide mediocre service jobs to the local black population. Even within the black population, skin color is everything--the lighter girls are the popular ones at school, the darker girls are seen as not having much of a future.

In this novel Dennis-Benn looks at half-sisters Margot and Thandi, and their mother Dolores. Dolores has been selling tourists goods in the market for decades--and she is good at it, but it's hard. They live in a tin-roofed shack (though it sounds like a small tin-roofed house). At the age of 14, Margot was introduced to the life of prostitution, and she has spent the 14 or so years since doing everything to save her sister Thandi from the same fate. She has worked hard, running the girls behind the scenes at a resort, keeping Thandi in school and in school uniforms, and dressing the part of her job. She is her boss's side piece--but she herself is trying to find a way out of Riverbank, where she and her girlfriend Verdine do not need to hide their relationship.

Her deep desire to leave Riverbank for a place she can be herself, and to send Thandi to college results in Margot making decisions her family and friends do not approve of as she aims for a general manager job at a new resort--but the new resort will destroy Riverbank forever.
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There is a lot going on in this book. We have Margot's work storyline, Margot's history storyline, Thandi's school storyline, Dolores' history storyline, Margot's romance with Verdine, Verdine's history storyline and her present as others don't like her for being a lesbian and having an English accent, and Thandi's romance storyline. Dennis-Benn manages to weave all these stories together so it's coherent and different pieces fill in what otherwise might be plot holes. But I struggled to picture the scenes in Riverbank--are the taxis the only cars? What do they look like? Are the roads paved? What are the distances people are walking? I normally make a movie in my head when I'm reading/listening, and I struggled with this one. I've never been to Jamaica or anywhere in the Caribbean and couldn't fill it in. Also, too much romance for me--there are two different romance lines in this book. One LGBTQ, one cis. ( )
  Dreesie | Jun 14, 2020 |
While not exactly uplifting, I really enjoyed the sense of geography that Dennis-Benn conveyed via phonetical dialect and long, descriptive passages. All of the protagonists are women, the men mostly tangential (or consequential), and there was a long-running theme of examining race and how it's internalized. ( )
  jekka | Jan 24, 2020 |
Had this book in my list of books to read for awhile but dropped it off. Can't remember exactly why but decided to go ahead and pick it up at the library after seeing an interview with the author, saying she wanted to tell stories that aren't often seen and help dismantle some of the media/pop culture portrayals. Seemed like a good idea.

Margot is a woman working at a resort who also works as a sex worker on the side so as to help her younger sister, Thandi, avoid the same future. Thandi, however, has different dreams than what her family expects of her and this clash is a major part of the story.

Initially the opening definitely interested me with establishing Margot's work at the resort by day plus her side hustle otherwise. But as soon as we got away from that opening scene, the book just dragged. I thought I might have difficulty because the subjects that are covered are painful and real: homophobia, child sexual abuse, poverty, colorism, racism, colonialism/imperialism, etc. But I just felt really bored by it all.

The end was also disappointing: we get a conclusion and ending for a main character but the others are treated like afterthoughts. It could be that because of the nature of the relationship with the MC by this point is not great but at the same time it was frustrating because part of the motivation and drive of the story is just sort of lost. I suppose it's just enough for the MC to have escaped (regardless of how she got there) but it was a let down.

Borrowed from the library and that's what I'd recommend. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Apr 21, 2018 |
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"“It may take place entirely in Montego Bay, but be not deceived: If you’ve come for palm trees and umbrella drinks, you’ve boarded the wrong plane. This lithe, artfully-plotted debut concerns itself with the lives of those for whom tourists can barely be bothered to remove their Ray-Bans, and the issues it tackles — the oppressive dynamics of race, sexuality and class in post-colonial Jamaica — have little to do with the rum-and-reggae island of Sandals commercials....'Here Comes the Sun” is deceptively well-constructed, with slow and painful reveals right through the end. Just who’s able to give history the slip, and at what cost, is one of the saddest things you’ll ever read."
tillagd av theaelizabet | ändraNew York Times, JENNIFER SENIOR (Jun 29, 2016)
 
Dennis-Benn has drawn each of her characters confidently, never shying from the fact that their choices are both problematic and necessary for survival in a town that is disappearing beneath their feet. If the drought doesn’t overtake their livelihood, the greed and inevitable expansion of the resort industry will. There is little in the realm of economic prosperity that residents of River Bank can fashion that does not exist in service to someone else’s need... The book has big questions about greed and sacrifice: who wants to be desperate in paradise?
 
there's no character in Dennis-Benn's novel that's anything less than complex, multifaceted, and breathtakingly real. That's part of what makes Here Comes the Sun 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. There are no wasted words; every sentence is constructed with care and a clear eye. She writes with a calm, steady voice even in scenes where things go horribly wrong for her characters... it's a joy to read, but you can tell that every sentence was hard-fought. Here Comes the Sun is tough, beautiful and necessary, and it feels like a miracle.
 
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"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."--

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