Baking Cakes In Kigali
Baking Cakes In Kigali

Baking Cakes In Kigali

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Once in a great while a debut novelist comes along who dazzles us with rare eloquence and humanity, who takes us to bold new places and into previously unimaginable lives. Gaile Parkin is just such a talentand Baking Cakes in Kilgali is just such a novel. This gloriously written taleset in modern-day Rwandaintroduces one of the most singular and engaging characters in recent fiction: Angel Tungarazamother, cake baker, keeper of secretsa woman living on the edge of chaos, finding ways to transform lives, weave magic, and create hope amid the madness swirling all around her.

In Kigali, Angel runs a bustling business: baking cakes for all occasionscakes filled with vibrant color, buttery richness, and, most of all, a sense of hope only Angel can deliver.A CIA agents wife seeks the perfect holiday cake but walks away with something far sweetera former boy-soldier orders an engagement cake, then, between sips of tea, shares an enthralling storyweary human rights workerslovesick limo drivers. Amid this cacophony of native tongues, love affairs, and confessions, Angels kitchen is an oasis where people tell their secrets, where hope abounds and help awaits.

In this unlikely place, in the heart of Rwanda, unexpected things are beginning to happen: A most unusual wedding is planneda heartbreaking mysteryinvolving Angels own familyunravelsand extraordinary connections are being made among the men and women who have tasted Angels beautiful cakesas a chain of events unfolds that will change Angels lifeand the lives of those around herin the most astonishing ways.

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