Article published on December 7, 2011.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011
Kirkus Reviews Best of Fiction 2011
Shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book Award 2011
“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; estranged from her husband, she is even relieved when he takes her young son with him. When Lemon, an old friend of her mother’s, turns up on her doorstep, Jinx is forced to confront her past, and with the pain of remembrance comes the possibility of redemption. But Lemon has his own secrets to share, and together they 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.
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