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Baking Cakes in Kigali

by Gaile Parkin
£7.99   paperback  Atlantic Books (2009)

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin Baking Cakes in Kigali is a uniquely charming, gently moving, deliciously funny novel about life, love and food. And ultimately, it shows how the human spirit even when tested to the limits of imagination endures and unifies us all.
 
Angel Tungaraza has recently moved to Rwanda from her native Tanzania. She runs a small but increasingly successful business, baking individually designed cakes for the parties and celebrations of her neighbours and their friends.
 
Angel prides herself on behaving professionally at all times, even when faced with awkward situations, ethical dilemmas and her own undignified menopausal hot flashes. And if she is occasionally manipulative, it is only ever because fairness requires it. Or because people sometimes need a small push in the right direction. Or because it might just win her cakes an international reputation.
 
As her customers who have witnessed and survived horrors she can barely imagine tell her their stories, Angel comes to realize how much each of them has to mourn as well as how much they have to celebrate. And, finally, she comes to accept how much that is true of her too...

"'With a lightness of touch, and a cast as colourful as one of Angel's cakes... Parkin deftly uncovers the joys and sorrows of [Rwanda's] survivors. Fans of Precious Ramotswe will love this."
(Marie Claire)

ISBN 13: 9781843547471 | ISBN 10: 1843547473