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A cupboard full of coats av Yvvette Edwards
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A cupboard full of coats (utgåvan 2011)

av Yvvette Edwards

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"Anya Keating loves her job as PA to Macdara Fitzgerald, owner of the stunning Lismore estate and its string of racehorses. Macdara is an indulgent and generous employer and Anya has grown very fond of him. But when he rashly proposes marriage, their friendship - and her position - is threatened, and Anya is torn between her loyalty to Macdara and her feelings for his grandson, handsome horse trainer Fergal. Enter Orla Fitzgerald, Macdara's estranged granddaughter. Orla may have left Lismore a child, but she has returned a sophisticated and beautiful woman. So beautiful, in fact, that most of the men are in thrall to her - and Anya can only watch with growing apprehension as Orla works her magic on Fergal. But Orla may not be the blue-eyed girl people take her for. There are dark undercurrents that run beneath life on the estate. A tragedy lies in Orla's past, and she is determined to claim her birthright, no matter who stands in her way."--Publisher description.… (mer)
Medlem:richorlin
Titel:A cupboard full of coats
Författare:Yvvette Edwards
Info:Oxford : Oneworld Publications, 2011.
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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fiction (1997 London; some characters speak in Jamaican? vernacular, for true).
sensory-rich prose and skillful storytelling make the unraveling of Jinx's mother's story an engrossing read, putting me in mind of Toni Morrison's style but (thankfully) requiring much less analysis. Maybe the descriptions of her undertaker/embalming job weren't as accurate as I'd like (in my experience, no amount of skill in cosmetic application can ever make a corpse appear natural), but generally would recommend for book clubs and such. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Solidly written with compelling characters. The story kept me interested but ultimately wasn't terribly surprising. I didn't quite buy the moment of redemption at the end, but by the time I got there I was so attached to Jinx that I was mostly just happy for her. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
Solidly written with compelling characters. The story kept me interested but ultimately wasn't terribly surprising. I didn't quite buy the moment of redemption at the end, but by the time I got there I was so attached to Jinx that I was mostly just happy for her. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
This is a brilliantly written, passionate mother-daughter story. Jinx has lived very contentedly with her mother Joy after the death of her elderly father leaves them financially secure. Joy, however, hides from her daughter her desire to be with a man and her unhappiness with their quiet life. When she falls in love with Berris, a fellow expat from Montserrat, the household turns upside down as the relationship between Joy and Berris leaves Jinx feeling rejected. Berris's friend Lemon steps into the fraught situation and provides comfort for Jinx. But there are dark places in all of these relationships and when tragedy occurs, there's more than enough blame to be shared and even more difficult forgiveness to be rendered. Somehow, each character is simultaneously innocent and guilty.

As told by Jinx, the story immerses the reader in the back stories of each character as if we are inside their heads. It's a genuinely strong and sorrowful read. ( )
  froxgirl | May 23, 2016 |
It's 14 years since teenage Jinx's mother was brutally killed by her fiance in Hackney, London. Now the murderer's best friend, and Jinx's former inappropriate crush, shows up on her doorstep. They spend a weekend talking and drinking, while he cooks Caribbean comfort food, and reveal to each other their (unwarranted) feelings of culpability in the murder.

Although this wasn't the most fascinating or compelling of books, for the most part I enjoyed listening to A Cupboard Full of Coats and having the story disclosed, bit by bit. I particularly commend the reader, Adjoa Andoh, who smoothly transitioned between a pretty straightforward British narrator, a working class/East End London accent, and various Caribbean voices. Between her skill here, and the well-rounded characters, A Cupboard Full of Coats felt fresh and different.

Rating: 4 stars. Good job, Yvette Edwards, in getting your debut novel nominated for the Booker Prize. ( )
  Nickelini | Aug 5, 2014 |
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There are some beginner's mistakes, with a little redundancy here and there, but that aside, this is a writer to watch.
 
First novel explores the trans-generational fallout from an abusive relationship....As both Lemon and Jinx cautiously summon long suppressed memories of the night of the murder, the novel spirals to a satisfying if not entirely surprising climax.

An impressive debut, particularly notable for its pellucid prose.
 
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It was early spring when Lemon arrived,while the crocuses in the front garden were flowering and before the daffodil buds had opened, the Friday evening of a long, slow February,and I had expected when I opened the front door to find an energy salesperson standing there, or a charity worker selling badges, or any one of a thousand random insignificant people whose existence meant nothing to me or my world.
It was early spring when Lemon arrived, while the crocuses in the front garden were flowering and before the daffodil buds had opened, the Friday evening of a long, slow February, and I had expected when I opened the front door to find an energy salesperson standing there, or a charity working selling badges, or any one of a thousand random insignificant people whose existence meant nothing to me or my world.
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"Anya Keating loves her job as PA to Macdara Fitzgerald, owner of the stunning Lismore estate and its string of racehorses. Macdara is an indulgent and generous employer and Anya has grown very fond of him. But when he rashly proposes marriage, their friendship - and her position - is threatened, and Anya is torn between her loyalty to Macdara and her feelings for his grandson, handsome horse trainer Fergal. Enter Orla Fitzgerald, Macdara's estranged granddaughter. Orla may have left Lismore a child, but she has returned a sophisticated and beautiful woman. So beautiful, in fact, that most of the men are in thrall to her - and Anya can only watch with growing apprehension as Orla works her magic on Fergal. But Orla may not be the blue-eyed girl people take her for. There are dark undercurrents that run beneath life on the estate. A tragedy lies in Orla's past, and she is determined to claim her birthright, no matter who stands in her way."--Publisher description.

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