A Cupboard Full of Coats

Yvvette Edwards

A Cupboard Full of Coats

It's been fourteen years since Jinx's mother was brutally stabbed to death in their home in East London. Fourteen years for Jinx to become accustomed to the huge weight of guilt and anger that has destroyed her life. Fourteen years to nurture an impossible shame. Out of nowhere, Lemon arrives on her doorstep. An old friend of her mother's, he wants to revisit the events leading to that terrible night, and Jinx sees the opportunity to confess, finally, her hand in the violence. But Lemon has his own secrets to share, and over the course of one weekend they strip away the layers of the past to lay bare a story full of jealousy and tragic betrayal. 2.9 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
A Cupboard Full of Coats

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction
Format Paperback
Pages 288
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication April 2011
ISBN 978-1851687978
Publisher Oneworld
 

It's been fourteen years since Jinx's mother was brutally stabbed to death in their home in East London. Fourteen years for Jinx to become accustomed to the huge weight of guilt and anger that has destroyed her life. Fourteen years to nurture an impossible shame. Out of nowhere, Lemon arrives on her doorstep. An old friend of her mother's, he wants to revisit the events leading to that terrible night, and Jinx sees the opportunity to confess, finally, her hand in the violence. But Lemon has his own secrets to share, and over the course of one weekend they strip away the layers of the past to lay bare a story full of jealousy and tragic betrayal.

"A matter of black and white" | Yvvette Edwards | Independent (17/4/11)

Reviews

The Literary Review

Jonathan Barnes

Rich in emotion but resolutely unsentimental, the story is unspooled with judgement and skill. Information is released at an almost ideal pace and secrets are withheld until the last possible moment. Edwards’s clear, colloquial prose is full of quietly impressive phrase-making ... The performance is a wholly satisfying one and the novel’s valedictory suggestions of redemption feel earned, solid and real.

01/09/2011

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The Times

Kate Saunders

This deeply moving, wonderfully written first novel — longlisted for the Man Booker Prize — is a study of grief and remorse, but also a tense psychological thriller with shades of early Ruth Rendell ... The backdrop of East London in the 1970s is beautifully rendered.

10/09/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Anthony Cummins

A light touch stops the novel being overwrought.

05/08/2011

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The Guardian

Catherine Taylor

Booker longlistings cause intense scrutiny and can do a book a disservice; readable as this one undoubtedly is, the quality of writing and structure make its inclusion a surprise.

27/08/2011

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The Daily Mail

Christena Appleyard

Jinx is not a likeable character. But she is an interesting one ... The declaration on the book jacket that Edwards is the new Zadie Smith is an overstatement, but she might well be one to watch.

19/05/2011

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