Before the Coffee Gets Cold
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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 works include COUPLE, Sunset Song and family time. His play Before the Coffee Gets Cold won the grand prize at the Suginami Drama Festival. This is his debut as an author. Before the Coffee Gets Cold has become an international bestseller and has been adapted for the screen in Japan.
"A charming novel about a mysterious Japanese coffee shop in which customers who sit in a certain chair can go back in time - but just while their coffee is cooling." -Star Tribune "Kawaguchi... has a surprising, unerring ability to find lasting emotional resonance. Interwoven into what initially feels like a whimsical escape are existential conundrums of love and loss, family and freedom, life and death." -The Christian Science Monitor "By cleverly weaving fantastic strands into what turns out to be an entertaining tale... Kawaguchi builds suspense from scene to scene, carefully selecting his narrative clues." -The Arts Fuse "The story is gold. Before the Coffee Gets Cold is perfect for anyone who wants to feel connected right now." -BookReporter "Before the Coffee Gets Cold is able to create pathos for the characters who yearn in earnest to change the past... Check out Kawaguchi's work if you fancy a break from the inescapable reality of the pandemic." -The Mancunion "Toshikazu lays out a system of time travel that is unconvoluted and beautifully simple... This charmingly magical novel is about discovering happiness despite the pasts that we desperately want to revisit." -The Harvard Crimson "An affecting, deeply immersive journey into the desire to hold onto the past. This wondrous tale will move readers." -Publishers Weekly
"This is a sweet, fable-like tale about a magical seat in a cafe where you can, if you wish, go back in time... An odd read, but also a charming one."
--The Sydney Morning Herald
"A story about human relationships, missed opportunities and the enduring power of love."
"A thought-provoking and at times tear-jerking realization about what we would say if we could go back in time."
"It is full of soul, presented through clever world building and unfolding of its characters and relationships."
--Books and Bao