A Cupboard Full of Coats

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Pages: 308
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

A Cupboard Full of Coats

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Yvvette Edwards

Redolent of Monica Ali and Zadie Smith, Yvvette Edwards's bold debut is a searing story of family, jealousy, and tragic betrayal
9781851688388 (21 Sep 2011)
RRP £8.99

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...'

Crushed by an impossible shame, Jinx's life has been little more than a shell. Now estranged from her husband, she is even relieved when he leaves and takes her young son with him.

But a visit from an old friend of her mother's forces Jinx to confront her history. Looking back plunges her once more into the pain of the past, but it also brings with it the possibility of redemption. And Jinx isn't the only one with secrets. Together, she and Lemon will 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.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 308
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Yvvette Edwards grew up in Hackney and is of Montserratian-British origin.  A Cupboard Full of Coats, her debut novel, was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Writers' Guild Award and the Man Booker prize.  She continues to live in East London with her family.


'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 (starred review)

'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

'Deeply moving, wonderfully written... A study of grief and remorse.'

- The Times

'In this potent mystery... Edwards makes us greedy for the full story.' 

- New York Times

'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

'A slow-burning heartbreaker of a story. . . [written] with elegant restraint and a sensitivity uncommon in debut novels.'

- Shelf Awareness