Welcome to the first stop on the A Cupboard Full of Coats book blog tour!
–Yvvette Edwards, author of A Cupboard Full of Coats
Speaking of firsts, A Cupboard Full of Coats is the first book by Londoner Yvvette Edwards and was first published in June 2011. A new edition with this current beautiful cover was just published in July 2012. This novel was long listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2011. Having just read the winner for 2011, Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending, I jumped at the chance to read and review this one for TLC Book Tours.
–the current cover of A Cupboard Full of Coats
I was not disappointed. And I probably liked this book a little better than I did the Barnes book, only because Cupboard was more emotional and cathartic for me at the present time.
A Cupboard Full of Coats is about the fallout from a murder 14 years in the past. There are four main characters, one of which is the narrator. Jinx is the daughter of the murder victim and feels responsible for what happened to her mother. I was intrigued and hooked into continuing to read, because I had to know why a 16 year old would feel responsible for a murder she did not commit.
Lemon, short for Philemon, is another character that visits Jinx out of the blue one day. Together they relive the past and clear some misconceptions that this man knows Jinx has about the murder. His wife has just died and he has a mission to try to fix what he thinks was his part in what happened years ago. Lemon is one of those book characters that I admire and would love to know in real life. I wish I had his wisdom and forgiveness and grace. He is a beautiful character that cooks, comforts, dances, loves, and experiences life to the fullest.
–the first cover of A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards
The other two main characters are seen only in flashback and they are not as fully developed as Jinx and Lemon. Since the point of view is from Jinx, we can never know fully these two characters issues and motivations. However, like everyone else, they crave love. They cannot accept anything they feel is less than they deserve, even to the detriment of others.
So many issues were addressed in this wonderful book. These include spousal/partner abuse, infidelity, lack of communication, teen pregnancy, as well as redemption, forgiveness, and most importantly, love.
I highly recommend A Cupboard Full of Coats and I look forward to Ms. Edwards next book. For participating in the tour, I received a paperback copy of the novel. I will definitely be sharing this book with my reading friends. For a list of the participants on the book blog tour of A Cupboard Full of Coats, please click HERE.