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Source: Self Purchased
Author: Yvette Edwards
Genre: Literary Fiction
Heat: Some Sexual Scenes
As I said in my podcast, I really didn’t know what to expect from this book. I will say from the gate, that it is an exceptional read. A Cupboard Full of Coats follows the story of Jinx. When we come into the story, Jinx is now an adult and living by herself in the house that was left to her by her mother. Jinx’s mother was murdered by her fiance’ when Jinx was 16 yrs old.
At this stage in her life, Jinx is not a happy person. She still lives with her mother's murder, it stays with her and because of this Jinx is unable to have any lasting relationships, not with her ex and mainly not with her own young son. Jinx has always felt that she was unlovable...this also makes her unable to have a healthy workable relationship with her son (btw, her son lives with his father).
One weekend, Jinx gets a visit from an old family friend Lemon. Lemon is the best friend of the man that murdered her mother. He visits her because he wants Jinx to forgive him for the part he played in her mother’s death. But seeing Lemon forces Jinx to relive the past and the night her mom was killed, it also forces her to revisit her part in that fateful night as well. Jinx does not want to deal with the past but she must because if she doesn’t, the already strained relationship she has with her son will be forever severed.
This story deals with a lot, racism, colorism but mainly domestic abuse and how it affects everyone involved. Jinx’s mother IMO pretty much allowed the abuse towards herself because she didn’t want to be lonely. That loneliest severely damage the relationship she had with a then 16 yr old Jinx, it also turned daughter against mother because to Jinx, her mother wanted to be with that man instead of with her. To Jinx, she wasn’t enough to keep her mother happy. It forced Jinx to grow up quicker than she needed to, it forced her to start to resent her mother.
When Lemon visits Jinx, he wants to confess to her his part in that night, walking around with all that guilt all those years ate at him (and it should have). He also wants Jinx to forgive herself because really she was just a child and what she did that night had no baring the actions her mothers fiance' took...that the blame was fully his. To convince her that as long as her mother stayed with that man, her death was coming. Over the weekend, Jinx and Lemon confront the past….they’re both looking for redemption. I don't think Lemon found it. There was also more to Lemon and Jinx relationship, it was just something I could not take as I read. I wanted to bypass reading it but I wanted to stick to the story but suffice to say, I did not like Lemon very much.
Once the weekend is over, Jinx is faced with many decisions. The ending was quite beautiful because that visit from Lemon forces her to deal with the resentment she held towards her mother all these years and it dealing with that anger makes her realize that she can have a relationship with her son. She wants it, she just has to fight for it.
Finally visited her mother’s grave, Jinx decides to move away from the pain and the past. To forgive her mother and herself.
A Cupboard Full of Coats in a story of redemption, forgiveness and moving past the pain. Jinx does.
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