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Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Hardcover)

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What if you could go back in time, and all it took was the price of a cup of coffee?

Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a fun and touching speculative tale revolving around an innocuous café that not only offers friendly service and delicious homemade butter, but an unassuming way to revisit the past; the only caveat is that you must finish your coffee before it gets cold… or else. Originally published in Japanese, this English translation retains most of the cultural charm from the original text, offering Fantasy Island vibes in an indoor setting. From its revolving cast of characters who seek the rumors of a café that can transport them back in time, to its Japanese flavor, Before the Coffee Gets Cold simply hits the spot.

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December 2020 Indie Next List


“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

Read the rest of the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series:
  • Tales from the Cafe
  • Before Your Memory Fades

Product Details
ISBN: 9781335430991
ISBN-10: 1335430997
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication Date: November 17th, 2020
Pages: 272
Language: English