When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave 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. She leaves her five-year-old daughter behind in a defiant act of self-preservation, hoping for a new start where she can be whomever she wants. But when Patsy arrives in Brooklyn, she discovers that 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.
by Nicole Dennis-Benn.