A Cupboard Full of Coats

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

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About The Book

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

He just knocked, that was all, knocked at the front door and waited, like the fourteen years since the night I'd killed my mother hadn't happened at all...A" Crushed by an impossible shame, Jinx's life has been little more than a shell; estranged from her husband, she is even relieved when he takes her young son with him. When Lemon, an old friend of her mother's, turns up on her doorstep, Jinx is forced to confront her past, and with the pain of remembrance comes the possibility of redemption. But Lemon has his own secrets to share, and together they unravel an unforgettable family drama, stoked with violence and passion. Rich with voices from East London and the West Indies, Edwards's narrative is delivered with a unique and uncompromising bite that announces a new talent in British fiction.

About The Author

Yvvette Edwards was brought up in Hackney and is of Montserratian-British origin. She works for the Housing Benefits office and lives with her family in London.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (April 1, 2011)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781851687626

Raves and Reviews

""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."

– Attica Locke, author of Black Water Rising

A gut-wrenching and gorgeously lyrical debut... Engrossing and human to the core, Edwards's novel wrings the heart in the most tender of ways.

– Publishers Weekly

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

One to watch

– Daily Mail