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Yvvette Edwards
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Yvvette Edwards

United Kingdom

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Yvvette Edwards is a British East Londoner of Montserratian origin and author of two novels, A Cupboard Full of Coats (2011) and The Mother (2016).  She has written a number of short stories which have been broadcast on radio and published in anthologies, including New Daughters of Africa. Her work has been nominated for literary awards including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Man Booker Prize.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

She is passionate about writing that challenges the single narrative and is particularly interested in exploring the myriad life experiences of Black women as well as characters who are absent or under-represented on the contemporary literary landscape.  

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A provocative and timely novel about an emotionally devastated mother’s struggle to understand her teenage son’s death, and her search for meaning and hope in the wake of incomprehensible loss. A beautiful, engrossing novel that illuminates some of the most important and troubling issues of our time, The Motheris a moving portrait of love, tragedy, and survival—and the aftershocks from a momentary act of cruel violence that transforms the lives of everyone it touches.

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Edwards’s powerful first novel is at once a poignant family drama and a gripping mystery—page-turning literature with an exhilarating infusion of noir. It is the story of Jinx, who believes she played a pivotal role in her mother’s murder, until an old acquaintance appears at her door with seductive air, a long, strange story, and, quite possibly, the bitter truth. A truly stunning work of contemporary literary fiction that packs an emotional punch and keeps readers guessing to the end.

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