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August is finally here and we’re closing out the summer with another exciting #ReadWithJenna announcement.
Jenna Bush Hager picked “Patsy,” by Nicole Dennis-Benn as her newest book club pick, and it's a story that promises to prompt a lot of meaningful conversations throughout the month.
“It’s a story about resilience and there’s some broken-heartedness," Jenna said. "But 'Patsy' is a book that will open a lot of minds."
The story begins in Jamaica as the titular character gets her visa and makes the difficult decision to leave her daughter, Tru, behind while she seeks a better life for herself in America. After that pivotal moment, the perspective shifts back and forth between Tru's life in Jamaica and Patsy's life in New York.
"She has to make a lot of sacrifices and it’s very interesting to hear the two perspectives because it is definitely a story about love and loss," Jenna explained.
As you read, you'll be pulled in by the challenges Patsy faces, the relationships she forms in this new environment and slowly learn why she's willing to make these sacrifices. "She wants freedom, and as you read you understand what she’s running from — the secrets she needs to be freed of," Jenna explained.
"These themes may be difficult to read, but they’re important," Jenna continued "I think particularly now it’s critical that we open our minds to the way others live."
Ultimately, you'll be touched by the moments of levity and hope that carry her throughout. "At the end this is a beautiful story of love."
We hope you'll join us in reading this month and can't wait to discuss with you.
To celebrate the beginning of the month, we'll be giving away copies of “Patsy” to #ReadWithJenna Instagram followers starting today, and you can expect even more surprises throughout the month. In order to be entered, follow the Read With Jenna Instagram account and comment on the post above explaining why you or your book club deserve a copy of the book.
To stay involved all month long, be sure to follow us on Instagram (don't forget to tag your photos with the hashtag, #ReadWithJenna), join our Read With Jenna Facebook group and follow along on Goodreads to continue the conversation about "Patsy."
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Legal residents of the 50 US or DC who are 18 or older. Begins August 1, 2019 at 8:30 A.M. ET and ends August 2, 2019 at 8:30 A.M. ET. Limit 1 entry per person. For Official Rules, odds, and prize details, visit https://www.today.com/popculture/readwithjenna-contest-official-rules-t159956. Sponsors: TODAY Show and NBCUniversal Media, LLC.