A Cupboard Full of Coats

A Cupboard Full of Coats Redolent of Monica Ali and Zadie Smith Yvvette Edwards bold debut is a searing story of family jealousy and tragic betrayal He just knocked that was all knoced at the front door and waited like

  • Title: A Cupboard Full of Coats
  • Author: Yvvette Edwards
  • ISBN: 9781851687626
  • Page: 121
  • Format: ebook
  • Redolent of Monica Ali and Zadie Smith, Yvvette Edwards bold debut is a searing story of family, jealousy, and tragic betrayal He just knocked, that was all, knoced at the front door and waited, like the fourteen years since the night I d killed my mother hadn t happened at all Fourteen years ago, Jinx mother was brutally murdered in their East London home OverwhelmRedolent of Monica Ali and Zadie Smith, Yvvette Edwards bold debut is a searing story of family, jealousy, and tragic betrayal He just knocked, that was all, knoced at the front door and waited, like the fourteen years since the night I d killed my mother hadn t happened at all Fourteen years ago, Jinx mother was brutally murdered in their East London home Overwhelmed by the part she played, Jinx s whole life has been poisoned by guilt Then, 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, forcing Jinx to finally confront her past, and offering her the possibility of redemption alongside the pain of remembrance Estranged from her husband and detached from her son, Jinx knows that this is her only chance to make her confession, and end the emotional paralysis that has blighted her life But Lemon has his own secrets to share, and over the course of one weekend they unravel an unforgettable family drama, stoked with violence and passion.Rich with voices from East London and the West Indies, Edward s narrative is delivered with a unique and uncompromsing bight that announces a new talent in British fiction.

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    1. Meet Jinx, a young woman unable to love. We find her 14 years after her mother was murdered in their London house, where she still lives an organised and restrained life. She would’ve probably lived there like that until her own guilt and repressed feelings consumed her completely, if it wasn’t for Lemon who appeared on her doorstop, uninvited, looking to exhume what was buried deep underground.Despite her coldness and apparent cruelty, it is hard not to root for Jinx from the very first pag [...]


    2. Jinx is a woman in crisis, though she doesn't know it.A child of an older father, who died before his daughter really got to know him, and a loving (if needy) mother, Jinx had a child hood of loneliness and loss. Her single school friend is more of a 'frenemie'. Jinx is a young woman who is at loose ends and unsure of her place in her world. At sixteen, her loss becomes complete when her mother is murdered after a short, mostly unhappy relationship. Jinx decides from then on that she can depend [...]


    3. Read: November 2016Rating: 3.5/5 starsThe plot: When an old family friend lands on Jinx's doorstep, she is forced to confront her feelings about her mother's death fourteen years ago.The story is essentially about domestic violence, and the relationship between Jinx's mother Joy and her boyfriend Berris. The part Lemon plays in keeping the couple together (view spoiler)[and arguably in her death (hide spoiler)] makes him totally unlikeable and untrustworthy. I struggled with how to rate this boo [...]


    4. Definitely a shocking, gripping page turner -- well written, mostly, and chilling. Few first-person narrators depict themselves as such brutally bad parents, and that is only the first surprise of many as the plot -- while conventional in some ways-- defies moral truisms. Lemon is too all knowing and all wise, however -- old Lemon seems almost saintly, which young Lemon certainly wasn't -- and this too good to be true-ness mars the book. So does the transformative ending.but a good first effort. [...]


    5. Complex multi-layered drama about mothers and daughters, women and men, and the children of those women when the men in their lives are not their children's father. About adolescence, coming-of-age, lies, betrayal, loneliness, and the sad co-existence of love and violence in some relationships. This is an incredible novel for a debut, like a story that had to be told. Highly recommended if you like character-driven fiction.


    6. A Cupboard Full of Coats is Edward’s debut novel which is written with surprising skill given it is her first publication. I was impressed with the way the story was woven to keep the reader interested and turning the page for more.The novel setting is East London and all the characters are black; however this is not a story about race rather it centres on a mother-daughter relationship and it explores the emotions of jealousy, blame, guilt, and forgiveness.Jinx was a mere teenager when her mo [...]


    7. “A Cupboard Full of Coats” is a book about domestic violence that focuses more on thoughts and actions than plot. What do you do and think and say when your best friend is an abuser? What do you do and think and say when your mother is the abused? And what do you do with all the secrets and the pain that still linger many years later?Domestic violence is not an original topic; it has been covered in many books and movies. But Edwards has taken the ordinary and made it extraordinary. There is [...]


    8. This was a very dark book and Jinx was a very damaged main character and narrator. Jinx and Lemon spend the weekend sharing their perspectives on Jinx's mother's murder with each other. Through flashbacks, it becomes apparent how Jinx grew into such a cold, almost robotic adult. She is not a good mother and the part when her four-year old son comes over for a visit was hard to read. I was left wondering how someone like Jinx came to get married and have a son in the first place. However, the foc [...]


    9. Jinx is a beautiful but deeply troubled east Londoner born to Caribbean immigrants, whose life was shattered 14 years ago when her mother Joy was brutally murdered by Berris, her second husband and Jinx's stepfather. Jinx blames her own jealousy and spite for her mother's murder, and has shut herself off from everyone, including her ex-husband and their young son, until the day that Lemon, Berris' best friend and a man she has admired since she first met him as a teenager, knocks on her front do [...]


    10. When I got to the last few pages of A Cupboard Full of Coats, I put the book down for a few minutes because I didn't want the story to end. I didn't want Jinx and Lemon to stop telling the stories that had hunted them for years. Their shared guilt and heart wrenching confessions stopped my breath and keep the pages turning. Although Yvette Edwards gave the reader a good sense of the major events that had transpired in Jinx and Lemon's lives during the 15 years following the tragedy, I was greedy [...]


    11. when i started this book,i didnt expect it to be this good. it started out a little boring but oh men when you get through the first pages you will never want to go backs a very emotional book. one a lot of people will relate to and for some strange reason turned out to be the perfect book for me. i totally recognized the feelings that where felt. its a beautiful book also full of romance . intimmacy and dark aura. i wouldnt read it twice as it is somehow a thriller but i will definetly recommen [...]


    12. This book gives an insight into the feelings and motivations of Shakespeare's Iago. Lemon pulls the strings and moves the charactersin ways that would leave a chess master in check before he makes his second move.


    13. Lemon visits 30 year old Jinx fourteen years after her mother was murdered and his visit sparks painful memories and reflections for both of them


    14. This was a book that was outside my comfort zone. Its characters belong to places and cultures that I’ve never been or never encountered, so I was looking forward to learning something about a different way of life. I didn’t know what to expect from the narrative, since its synopsis implies an emotional drama but its cover art is utterly banal. I kept an open mind when it came to plot and style — but I was still disappointed by A Cupboard Full of Coats. That violent murder mentioned in the [...]


    15. What a powerful book this is. The narrator is a 30-year-old woman who, over the course of three days, comes to face the whole unvarnished truth about her mother's murder 14 years ago. It's no murder mystery, but a horrible tragedy that colours her life forever. Since the murder, she has trained as a free-lance mortician, more comfortable with the dead than with any living person in her life. She has married, had a son and become estranged from both husband and child, unable to connect with eithe [...]


    16. A Cupboard Full of Coats was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2011 (in fact it’s the fourth from that year’s list I have read- a rare thing for me), and I can see why critics might like it. It has a rather distinctive voice, a bit British, a bit Caribbean, a bit lost.It is interesting how Jinx’s life seems to parallel her situation. Even before the murder of her mother Jinx was finding it hard to find her place in the world. Her friend was growing up, but leaving Jinx behind. Then her mo [...]


    17. Yvvette Edwards expertly explores what happens when we act based on our emotions. The protagonist Jinx is a thirty year old mother who has a difficult relationship with her son Ben. She is living in a house in Hackney where her mother was murdered 14 years ago. One day she opens her door to Lemon, the best friend of the man who has served time for her mother's murder.The story is told in the form of a conversation spanning a few days between Jinx and Lemon where they both discuss what happened i [...]


    18. It took me a few pages to get into the main character, Jinx, as she doesn't appear to have too many redeeming features to start with. However, her visitor is intriguing (which kept me going) and the writing is just beautifully atmospheric - and thus I was compelled to read on. I'm glad I continued. This is a sad tale of a little girl struggling without support and somebody to talk to and its awful ramifications for her future. Only her visitor can really help her come to terms with her past and [...]


    19. ** I received this book as a giveaway **This is one of those books that begins with a lingering question, a half-presented hook that keeps you reading to put the pieces together. Edwards has not only created compelling characters, but made an interesting story out of their pasts and present. I'm not one for first-person narratives, as sometimes first-time writers tend to get stuck in the "III" format, but Edwards handles it nicely, peppering the prose with lovely descriptions while also masterfu [...]


    20. This is a story of domestic violence that escalates to murder but more than this, the author explores how a child can be psychologically scarred by being exposed to this unhappy situation. The story unfolds gradually through conversations and thoughts about the past, and although I knew that there was a murder, I found myself riveted wanting to know exactly what happened. Interesting truths from the past are revealed which bring about changes in the lives of the characters. For me, the story and [...]


    21. I enjoyed this more than I expected. At the start Jinx is a fairly unsympathetic character - selfish and self-indulgent. However, as the book progresses and her history unfolds I found myself warming to her. The story is one of love, loss, lust, betrayal and the dark spectre of domestic violence. I found it to be well written and evocative, with convincing characterisation. Not an easy read at times but one I enjoyed.


    22. If it were possible to give this 6 stars I would! Absolutely brilliant narration by Adjoa Andoh who brought the characters so wonderfully to life in what is a harrowing, and very emotional, story. It's one that I shall be thinking about for a long time, and will want to listen to again.


    23. A beautifully written book, not always easy to read because the author very adeptly conveys her characters' pain, but worth the effort.


    24. Excellent writing!! Intense emotions, cultural issues- Great book for discussion- very deep!! We need to read this for LFPC group!!- wow- heart pounding- coming of age- story!


    25. oh boy did this start off soo slow. then when the pace picked up i could not put it down. i came along for this emotional journey and walked away a different person.


    26. Δεν κατάφερα να βρω καμία αρετή στο βιβλίο. Εκτός ίσως από την εύκολη και γρήγορη ανάγνωση. Η γραφή του δεν είχε τίποτε το ιδιαίτερο και δεν με προσέλκυσε κατά κανένα τρόπο. Μπορώ να πω ότι έπληξα κιόλας, διατρέχοντας με ταχύτητα τις γραμμές για να τελειώσει μια ώρα αρχύτερα. [...]


    27. Beautifully written heart wrenching story. Such depth, each character (minor and primary) took me on an emotional journey. This is an artisther mediumwords.


    28. Very good read. It's the story of a woman whose mother was killed when she was 16, a victim of domestic violence. Lemon, a family friend who she hasn't seen for years and who was the best friend of her mother's killer turns up to tell her he has been released from prison. They each recount the events leading up to her mother's murder and each reveal they feel responsible confessing what happened that night. Their stories pull you in and you understand their feelings of guilt but if they had acte [...]


    29. Η Τζινξ είναι μια γυναίκα με έναν αποτυχημένο γάμο στο ενεργητικό της και μια κατεστραμμένη σχέση με τον ανήλικο γιο της, που ζει με τον πατέρα του. Είναι λες και υπάρχει στη ζωή εν είδει παρένθεσης: δε συμμετέχει ενεργά στη ζωή της και στις αποφάσεις των άλλων που την αφορού [...]


    30. Heading: Hidden GuiltEvery now and then I read a book that reminds me to be thankful for a loving and nurturing childhood, because a lack of one can often lead to a disturbing adult life. Yvvette Edwards’ impressive debut novel, A Cupboard Full of Coats is such a book for me. The book is a tale of family dynamics, jealousy, tragic betrayals, and guilt that mesmerizes the reader through its searing language and characters drawn so well they fill spaces in the readers mind. Jinx, a 28 year-old w [...]


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