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A Cupboard Full of Coats: A Novel

A Cupboard Full of Coats: A Novel

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by Yvvette Edwards
     
 

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

“Deeply moving, wonderfully written . . . a study of grief and remorse.”—Times (London)

“In this potent mystery . . . Edwards makes us greedy for the full story.”—New York Times

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

“Deeply moving, wonderfully written . . . a study of grief and remorse.”—Times (London)

“In this potent mystery . . . Edwards makes us greedy for the full story.”—New York Times

Plagued by guilt, paralyzed by shame, Jinx has spent the years since her mother’s death alone, estranged from her husband, withdrawn from her son, and entrenched in a childhood home filled with fierce and violent memories. When Lemon, an old family friend, appears unbidden at the door, he seduces Jinx with a heady mix of powerful storytelling and tender care. What follows is a tense and passionate weekend, as the two join forces to unravel the tragedy that binds them. Jinx has long carried the burden of the past; now she must relive her mother’s last days, confront her grief head-on, and speak the truth as only she knows it.

Expertly woven and perfectly paced, A Cupboard Full of Coats is both a heartbreaking family drama and a riveting mystery, with a cast of characters who linger in the mind and the heart long after the last page has been turned.

“Engrossing and human to the core, Edwards’s novel wrings the heart in the most tender of ways.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A piercing and engaging narrative that navigates through past and present heartache with tenderness and candor. This promising new author twists and turns words with skill reminiscent of Toni Morrison and Barbara Kingsolver, who similarly explore hidden and revealed secrets.”—Booklist

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“In this potent mystery . . . Edwards makes us greedy for the full story.”
Booklist
“A piercing and engaging narrative that navigates through past and present heartache with tenderness and candor. This promising new author twists and turns words with skill reminiscent of Toni Morrison and Barbara Kingsolver, who similarly explore hidden and revealed secrets.”
Redbook Magazine
“Fans of British psychological thrillers, à la Ruth Rendell, will adore this lyrical debut.”
Patrik Bass
“I can’t stop talking about this gut-wrenching tale of forbidden love.”
Shelf Awareness
“A slow-burning heartbreaker of a story. . . [written] with elegant restraint and a sensitivity uncommon in debut novels.”
Attica Locke
A Cupboard Full of Coats is high drama, full of breathtaking tension, and, at times, brought to mind the works of Arthur Miller and August Wilson, both of whom knew a thing or two about secrets spilled across a kitchen table.”
Library Journal
London-based Edward's debut novel was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and from the opening paragraph to the final sentence, it is easy to understand why. The book's action takes place over three days—albeit through flashbacks to 14 years prior—but fills the pages as if it spans a lifetime. Jinx, the protagonist, is living a life of disarray; she is estranged from her husband, her only son despises spending time with her, and she worries that she is unable to love him. When Lemon, her late mother's one-time boyfriend, turns up unexpectedly, their confessions and discussions propel the plot of the novel. Although the story is strong, Edwards's storytelling is all the more captivating; her imagery and multifaceted characters are invigorating. VERDICT Similar to Toni Morrison's Paradise, this lyrical novel will appeal to lovers of literary fiction.—Ashanti White, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro
"A novel that pulses with rhythm, texture, language, and a story that keeps you locked to its pages. Brutally honest, expertly woven, and utterly mesmerizing. I loved this book." — Naseem Rakha, author of the international bestseller The Crying Tree

"An impressive debut, particularly notable for its pellucid prose." — Kirkus Reviews

Review Content:Edwards elegantly braids together the lives of three people whose entangled love for the same woman turns sour in this gut-wrenching and gorgeously lyrical debut novel. Fourteen years after Jinx Jackson's mother was killed, "Lemon," a man mysteriously involved in the events of the murder, shows up at her doorstep with crippling news: the murderer is out of prison. Jinx's first instinct is to run. Full well knowing it's "too late for regret," Lemon wants to "put the record straight." And over a period of three days, Edwards sweeps the reader along a stream of memories revolving around Jinx's mother, who chose an abusive relationship over loneliness. "To know her was to love her," and love her these characters did (and do), each in their own way, but some of that love contributed to her murder "in hot blood." Edwards has drawn complicated characters whose voices are as distinct as the choices they have made. Jinx propels the narrative forward with her raw honesty as she unpacks the "private disgrace" that is her life. Engrossing and human to the core, Edwards's novel wrings the heart in the most tender of ways. — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062183736
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
169,204
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Attica Locke
A Cupboard Full of Coats is high drama, full of breathtaking tension, and, at times, brought to mind the works of Arthur Miller and August Wilson, both of whom knew a thing or two about secrets spilled across a kitchen table.”
Patrik Bass
“I can’t stop talking about this gut-wrenching tale of forbidden love.”

Meet the Author

Yvvette Edwards, the author of the highly praised A Cupboard Full of Coats, has lived in London all her life. She resides in the East End and is married with three daughters and a stepson. The Mother is her second novel.

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