What if you could travel back in time, but nothing you did in the past would change how things are in the present? Would you do it? Tucked away in a side alley somewhere in Japan is a basement cafe. If you sit in one particular chair (usually occupied by a ghost) and drink a specially brewed cup of coffee you can travel back in time, but you only get one chance and you have to come back to the present before your coffee gets cold. This charming novellafollows the trajectories of several characters who would; whether it’s to have a few moments longer with a past lover, to see a dead relative, or simply to express something they’ve always regretted keeping to themselves. Charming, tragic, and beautifully unique, Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a heartwarming novel about fate, destiny, and the powerful bonds of love.
“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
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