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Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Hardcover)
"In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee—the chance to travel back in time." Kawaguchi wrote this story originally as a play which was adapted into a novel and eventually translated into English. The story-line is that of four interconnected visitors to the café, each of whom wish to go back in time for various reasons including to meet once again with a loved one to say words left unsaid at the time, to comfort or reassure, or to even say goodbye. There are quite a few rules involved in accomplishing this, but the most important one is that you must return to the present before your coffee gets cold.
This is an interesting premise and prompts the reader to ask: Who would I like to visit with one last time? Where would I like to return in order to view a scene or meet with a loved one or experience or relive an episode meaningful to me in my past? One rule is that you can only do this one time. Another rule is that you cannot change the present. But perhaps you can find peace or a sense of completion for something left undone or unsaid. This little book is a quick but heart-warming read.— Sandy
December 2020 Indie Next List
“This was the most interesting and wholesome take on time travel I have ever read. Everything in the world is totally normal, but if you sit in a specific seat in a specific cafe in Tokyo, you can travel back in time. There are some rules in order to time travel, but my favorite one? You can only stay in the past for as long as your coffee is warm. This charming and emotional story of four different women teaches about the importance of making the most with the time you’re given.”
— Lauren Suidgeest, Schuler Books (Grand Rapids), Grand Rapids, MI
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If you could go back, who would you want to meet?In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a caf that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee--the chance to travel back in time.
Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the caf in the hopes of making that journey. But time travel isn't so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most important, the trip can last only as long as it takes for the coffee to get cold.
Heartwarming, wistful, mysterious and delightfully quirky, Toshikazu Kawaguchi's internationally bestselling novel explores the age-old question: What would you change if you could travel back in time?