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The author of the critically acclaimed A Cupboard Full of Coats makes her hardcover debut with 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.

The unimaginable has happened to Marcia Williams. Her bright and beautiful sixteen-year-old son, Ryan, has been brutally murdered. Consumed by grief and rage, she must bridle her dark feelings and endure something no mother should ever have to experience: she must go to court for the trial of the killer another teenage boy accused of taking her son s life.

How could her son be dead? Ryan should have been safe he wasn t the kind of boy to find himself on the wrong end of a knife carried by a dangerous young man like Tyson Manley. But as the trial proceeds, Marcia finds her beliefs and assumptions challenged as she learns more about Ryan s death and Tyson s life, including his dysfunctional family. She also discovers troubling truths about her own. As the strain of Ryan s death tests their marriage, Lloydie, her husband, pulls farther away, hiding behind a wall of secrets that masks his grief, while Marcia draws closer to her sister, who is becoming her prime confidant.

One person seems to hold the answers and the hope Marcia needs: Tyson s scared young girlfriend, Sweetie. But as this anguished mother has learned, nothing in life is certain. Not anymore.

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."

Rezension: In this memorable story of strength in the aftermath of violent tragedy, Edwards paints a close, vivid portrait of a mother s unrelenting mission to avoid anger and blame, instead finding real justice and necessary closure. --"Publishers Weekly""

Love, loss, pain, race, poverty, abuse and redemption are all beautifully played out in Edwards novel about a mother struggling to not just remain alive, but live. Edwards story moves us in and out of a courtroom and into the heart of human suffering and ultimate strength. --Naseem Rakha, author of "The Crying Tree""

Seduces with gripping and enticing storytelling. It takes you through an amazing arrangement of emotions: anger, hate, despair, and grief, while tapping into what it means to yearn for a sense of humanity. An intense, pressure cooker of a novel, showing that Edwards is a star. --Guy A. Sims, "Author of Living Just a Little, Monster," and "Brotherman Revelation""

"The Mother" is beautiful in the clarity of its writing and honest emotion in its depiction of grief. Yvvette Edwards is a formidable talent. --Jervey Tervalon, author of "Monster Chef," "The Cocaine Chronicles," and "Dead Above Ground""

Yvvette Edwards knows how to break your heart. Vivid and real, I care about her characters they way I d care about my own kin. --Mitchell Jackson, author of "The Residue Years" and "Oversoul""

This is the clear, rhythmic, honest tale that black mothers raising young black men know: surreal loss and the more surreal truth that we and our children are deeply connected to other black women and their children, no matter where we ve come from. --Zelda Lockhart, author of "Fifth Born""

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