Happy Monday, Savvy Readers! As you prepare for chilly mornings, soft flurries and warm nights in front of the fireplace, you need just the right book with which to curl up on the couch. Luckily for you, this week’s My Book Pledge featured read is a heartwarming and earnest novel – right in time for the holidays! Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi is bound to have you asking yourself the question: if you could go back in time, would you?
Nestled within a back alley in Tokyo, a quaint café holds a bewildering secret. Café Funiculi Funicula has been serving coffee and offering a chance to time travel for over 100 years. This opportunity to venture into the past does not come without its restrictions and a potential life-changing consequence. Hence, few have taken the leap.
Originally written as a screenplay, the theatrical element to this novel is not lost on the reader. Toshikazu Kawaguchi creates a world of beating hearts, tied together within the walls of the café. Every chapter sets a scene following four women through their journeys of love, loss, and the nature of being. Our characters each find themselves seated on the time travelling chair at varying stages of their tales, forced to confront their pasts in order to journey into their futures.
Let Before the Coffee Gets Cold transport you into a Studio Ghibli-esque universe, reminding us that life is full of action and acceptance. Between the ringing of the shopkeepers bell and the whistling of the kettle, this gripping novel will surprise you in ways you least expect.
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