Baking Cakes in Kigali
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 talentâandBaking Cakes in Kilgali is just such a novel. This gloriously written taleâset in modern-day Rwandaâintroduces one of the most singular and engaging characters in recent fiction: Angel Tungarazaâmother, cake baker, keeper of secretsâa 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 occasionsâcakes filled with vibrant color, buttery richness, and, most of all, a sense of hope only Angel can deliver.â¦A CIA agentâs wife seeks the perfect holiday cake but walks away with something far sweeterâ¦a former boy-soldier orders an engagement cake, then, between sips of tea, shares an enthralling storyâ¦weary human rights workersâ¦lovesick limo drivers. Amid this cacophony of native tongues, love affairs, and confessions, Angelâs 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 plannedâ¦a heartbreaking mysteryâinvolving Angelâs own familyâunravelsâ¦and extraordinary connections are being made among the men and women who have tasted Angelâs beautiful cakesâ¦as a chain of events unfolds that will change Angelâs lifeâand the lives of those around herâin the most astonishing ways. From the Hardcover edition.