Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Hardcover)
Japense magical realism at its finest, Before the Coffee Gets Cold introduces us to a tiny (magical) alleyway cafe in Tokyo. This cafe is famous for providing people with the ability to go back in time, but with a few rules that make most decide the cafe's verion of time travel isn't actually worth it. All of the rules make the patrons stop and think: What is it that I wish to change? Can revisiting the past make the present any better? A charming read that may not be for everyone but defintley spoke to me.— Amani
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 in time, 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?
Meet more wonderful characters in the next captivating novel in the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series, Before We Say Goodbye, releasing November 14, 2023
Read the rest of the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series:
- Tales from the Cafe
- Before Your Memory Fades