The Jacket Doesn't Fit

By Claudette Beckford-Brady

General fiction | Paperback, eBook


“…but bwoy, A tell yu, Dad, this jacket don’t fit at all; it too dyam big!” These are the words of a young man who thinks he has been given a “jacket” to wear – meaning in the Jamaican vernacular that he has been given the paternity of a child that he has not fathered. A young police officer, his ex-girlfriend, and his current fiancée who is desperate for a child, all caught up in a tug-of-war over an infant who may not even be his. Who will end up with custody of the poor innocent child? A grandmother who is devastated at the thought of losing her “grandchild” whom she is unable to “unlove” just because she may not be her legitimate granddaughter after all. Add to the mix the case of a battered wife and the retribution wreaked upon the perpetrator. A Jamaican setting, but could happen to anyone anywhere.


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“…but bwoy, A tell yu, Dad, this jacket don’t fit at all; it too dyam big!” These are the words of a young man who thinks he has been given a “jacket” to wear – meaning in the Jamaican vernacular that he has been given the paternity of a child that he has not fathered. A young police officer, his ex-girlfriend, and his current fiancée who is desperate for a child, all caught up in a tug-of-war over an infant who may not even be his. Who will end up with custody of the poor innocent child? A grandmother who is devastated at the thought of losing her “grandchild” whom she is unable to “unlove” just because she may not be her legitimate granddaughter after all. Add to the mix the case of a battered wife and the retribution wreaked upon the perpetrator. A Jamaican setting, but could happe...


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Claudette Beckford-Brady is a novelist and short story writer. Born in the town of Old Harbour on Jamaica’s south coast, she spent the first seven years of her life in the country district of Gravel Hill, Bois Content where she was nurtured by her great-grandmother who inculcated in her a love for reading. At age seven she went to join her parents who had migrated to the UK, and received her education in Britain. She remained there for twenty-six years, establishing a career in Personnel Management (Human Resources) before returning to Jamaica where she began her writing career. She is the author of four previous novels including a young adult novella for teens, plus a collection of award-winning short stories. All of Beckford-Brady’s stories are set predominantly in her home town and surrounding areas, and also in South London. She currently resides in her birth town with her soul-mate partner of over forty years and her seven year old granddaughter.


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Claudette Beckford-Brady is a novelist and short story writer. Born in the town of Old Harbour on Jamaica’s south coast, she spent the first seven years of her life in the country district of Gravel Hill, Bois Content where she was nurtured by her great-grandmother who inculcated in her a love for reading. At age seven she went to join her parents who had migrated to the UK, and received her educa...


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