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◂ "...Haunting and superbly crafted, this is a magical book from a writer of immense talent and intelligence." - KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW

◂ "...all evidence suggests that this debut deserves its ballyhoo." - NEW YORK TIMES

◂ "[Here Comes The Sun] vividly captures the fraught dynamics of familial and romantic relationships, and Margot’s love for the outcast Verdene, a woman in whom she discovers 'a deeper understanding of what it means to feel connected to a whole person,' is particularly poignant." - THE NEW YORKER

◂ "Rivaling Walker’s Celie and Tolstoy’s Anna, Nicole Dennis-Benn has created in her debut novel an exquisitely-realized cast of heroines." - ELECTRIC LITERATURE

◂ "...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." - NPR

◂ "Dennis-Benn writes movingly about the ways in which social distinctions and stigmas limit individual freedom, and the tradeoffs that keep fragile hopes alive." - BBC

◂ "A compelling exploration of exploitation, sacrifice, tourism, poverty, and the drive for freedom, Here Comes the Sun will transport your mind — and heart — this summer." - BUZZFEED

◂ "Similarities to fellow Caribbean writer Edwidge Danticat, or early V.S. Naipaul, are plentiful." - BOOKPAGE

◂ "[A] striking portrayal of a vibrant community...and [an] unstinting description of how shame whips desire into submission." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

◂ "...just like the summer, you won’t want this page-turner to end." - CARIBBEAN JOURNAL

◂ "This first novel about Jamaicans in tourism with no choice but to exploit themselves and one another would be unbearably grim if its characters weren’t so magnetic…" - VULTURE

◂ Rated among "10 Titles to Pick Up Now" - O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

◂ Rated among "19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About" - ELLE MAGAZINE

◂ Rated among "19 Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About This Summer" - MARIE CLAIRE

◂ Rated among "LGBT Entertainment Preview 2016: What Books To Read" - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

◂ Rated among "8 Perfectly Sapphic Summer Reads" - AFTERELLEN

◂ Rated among "Best Books We Read in March" - BOOK RIOT

◂ Rated among "10 Must-Read Books for July 2016" - FLAVORWIRE

◂ Rated among "21 Books by Women You Have to Read This Summer" - REDBOOK MAGAZINE

◂ Listed in the "Hypochondria, Political Activism, and a Giant Crow: Summer 2016 Fiction Preview" - BOOKISH

◂ Rated among "25 Books You Need To Read This Summer" - HELLO GIGGLES

◂ Rated among "Top 100 Books to Read in 2016" - BROOKLYN MAGAZINE

◂ Rated among "Books to Read by Black Authors in 2016" - THE ROOT

◂ Rated among "The Buzziest Books of the Summer" - METRO

◂ Rated among "12 Best Books to Read at the Beach (or Anywhere) This Summer" - HEALTH.COM

◂ LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST
◂ NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE JOHN LEONARD AWARD FINALIST
◂ CENTER FOR FICTION 1ST NOVEL PRIZE FINALIST
◂ A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2016
◂ A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST DEBUT FICTION OF 2016
◂ AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF 2016
◂ A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE
◂ AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF JULY 2016
◂ AN NPR BEST BOOK OF 2016
◂ A BUZZFEED BEST FICTION BOOK OF 2016
◂ A FLAVORWIRE BEST OF 2016
◂ AN ON POINT (WBUR) BEST BOOK OF 2016
◂ A BARNES & NOBLE BEST OF THE YEAR
◂ A FLIPBOARD BEST BOOK OF 2016
◂ A BOOKRIOT BEST BOOK OF 2016
◂ A BUZZFEED BEST LITERARY DEBUT OF 2016
◂ A VICE BEST BOOK OF 2016 BY IMMIGRANTS TO THE US
◂ A DALLAS NEWS CRITIC's TOP TEN PICK
◂ A FEMINIST PRESS STAFF PICK's BEST BOOK OF 2016
◂ SHORTLISTED FOR THE TEXAS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION LAUREATE

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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.

◂ "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." - JENNIFER SENIOR, The New York Times

◂ "Here Comes the Sun is a bright story about the dark side of tourism, sex and relationships, of getting ahead…And you will tan from its rays." - AL WOODWORTH, The Amazon Book Review

◂ "While desire, value and exploitation are themes that run throughout the book, Here Comes The Sun ultimately becomes a meditation on the perversion of love, and the unscrupulous means to attain it." - SYREETA MCFADDEN, The Guardian

◂ "This novel is as bracing as a cold shower on a hot day, a reminder that sometimes we need to see things as they are, not as we wish they would be." - CONNIE OGLE, The Miami Herald

◂ "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

◂ "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 Killings, 2015 Man Booker Prize Winner

◂ "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 Moor's Account, 2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

◂ "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, 2015 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award Winner

◂ "In Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Dennis-Benn boldly takes on the emotional and psychosocial effects of colorism and classism, among other topics. Here is a story of love and betrayal within the parameters of friendships and families in one Jamaican community. Dennis-Benn has written a book that is full of culture and crackling with life." - CHINELO OKPARANTA, author of Under the Udala Trees, New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and 2016 NAACP Image Award Finalist

◂ "Here 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 Hill, 2016 NAACP Image Award Finalist

◂ "[Dennis-Benn's] commitment to illuminating less familiar aspects of Jamaican culture is borne out by the book’s title, which is less a reference to the Beatles song than a wry appropriation of the country’s travel-magazine mythos." - DANIEL LEFFERTS, Reviewer for Publishers Weekly

◂ "A superbly realized tale of gender, class, race and sexuality in Jamaica...Nicole Dennis-Benn is a powerful and brave new voice in American literature." - HOPE WABUKE, The Root

◂ "So much of the book centers on how we are seen, specifically how black women are seen --- poor black women, Jamaican women, dark-skinned women, black lesbians --- how they see themselves within a racist, sexist, colorist and colonialist culture, and how they see each other. In this endeavor, Dennis-Benn enacts a modern revolution." - MAYA GITTELMAN, Bookreporter.com

◂ "If anyone is poised to claim [Michelle] Cliff’s place in the canon of Caribbean literature, it’s Nicole Dennis-Benn.... Here Comes the Sun is a crucial book that commands attention. May this brave storytelling shine a brighter path for those who follow." - LAUREN LEBLANC, The Star Tribune

◂ "Set in Jamaica, Dennis-Benn’s debut novel reveals the many complications which lurk in the shadows of what many outsiders view as little more than a sunny paradise. 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, Brooklyn Magazine

◂ "Nicole Dennis-Benn deftly examines the sacrifices that come with breaking the cycles of history while tackling hard-hitting themes of race, class, and sexuality in post-colonial Jamaica in this stunning debut." - LIZ LOERKE, Real Simple