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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

By Toshikazu Kawaguchi


Publication Date: November 17, 2020

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The charming debut novel -- already a phenomenon in Japan as well as a runaway UK bestseller – that asks What would you change if you could travel back in time?

Down a small alleyway in the heart of Tokyo, there is an underground café that’s been serving carefully brewed coffee for over a hundred years. Local legend says that this coffeeshop offers its customers something different – the chance to travel back in time. The rules, however, are far from simple: you must sit in one particular seat at one particular time of day. You can’t venture outside the café, nor can you change the present. And, most importantly, you have only the time it takes to drink a hot cup of coffee – or risk getting stuck forever. Over the course of one summer, four customers visit Café Funiculi Funicula to return to the past: a heartbroken lover looking for closure; a nurse with a mysterious letter from her husband with Alzheimer’s; the café waitress hoping for a final goodbye to her sister; and a mother whose child she may never get the chance to know. Heartwarming, wistful, and delightfully quirky, BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD explores the intersecting lives of four women who come together in one extraordinary café, where the service may not be quick, but the opportunities are endless.

About the Author

Toshikazu Kawaguchi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971. He has produced, directed and written for the theatrical group Sonic Snail. As a playwright, his most representative works include COUPLE, Sunset Song, and family time. His play Before the Coffee Gets Cold, won the Grand Prize at the Suginami Drama Festival grand prize. This is his debut as an author.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 272 pages

Publisher: Hanover Square Press

Publication Date: November 17, 2020

ISBN: 9781335430991

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