The Mother: A Novel by Yvvette EdwardsThe Mother: A Novel by Yvvette Edwards

The Mother: A Novel

byYvvette Edwards

Paperback | May 9, 2017

Pricing and Purchase Info

$17.02 online 
$18.50 list price save 8%
Earn 85 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


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.

Title:The Mother: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062440810

ISBN - 13:9780062440815

Look for similar items by category:


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This was a very good book. I didn't expect much from it in the beginner but then the story, and the compelling way it was told, caught hold. Beautifully written. Easy to read. It just flowed. But beware! it will get you thinking... on life, on society, on our presumptions, on loss... and recovery. I will go back and seek out what else this author has written.
Date published: 2017-04-18

Editorial Reviews

“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.”