Other books byGaile Parkin
When Hoopoes Go To Heaven
Ten-year-old Benedict is feeling happy. His family's new home in Swaziland has the most beautiful garden in the whole entire world, teeming with insects, frogs, and his favorite cinnamon-coloured birds. Here, crouched in the cool shade of the lucky-bean tree, it's easy to forget the loneliness that comes from his siblings playing without him, easy to stop himself fretting about how to fix his Mama's failing cake-baking business. Not that Benedict generally allows sad or uncomfortable things to cloud his day. Usually, he simply finds a way to put things right. Like trying to learn the language of his strange new country, to make himself feel less of an outsider. Like persuading the people at Ubuntu Funerals to provide a decent burial for the beautiful hoopoe killed by their van. Or like being a friend to Nomsa, a girl brave enough to pick up a spider but too afraid to tell anyone why her teacher is making her stay late after school. Of course, there are many things in Africa that cannot be put right by a boy who isn't yet big. But in Benedict's wonder-filled world, even the ugliest situation has a certain magic. Warm, funny, and brimming with life, When Hoopoes Go to Heaven paints a fresh and compelling picture of life in Swaziland that will capture your imagination and restore your faith in humanity.
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.
Baking Cakes in Kigali
Angel Tungazara runs a small business, baking cakes for the parties and celebrations of her neighbours. As her customers tell her their stories, Angel comes to realize how much each of them has to mourn as well as what they have to celebrate. And, finally, she comes to accept how much that is true of her too...