Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Before the Coffee Gets Cold – Tales from the Cafe (February 2021)

By Toshikazu Kawaguchi

March 8, 2021

Hidden down a side street in Tokyo, cafe Funiculi Funicula boasts many things: good coffee, good conversation, a friendly cast of regulars.  But the cafe also offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel in time.

There are rules you must stick to: you have to sit in the right seat, accept the coffee poured for you, and finally – most importantly – you must return to the present before the coffee gets cold.

Following on from Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s sensational debut, Before the Coffee Gets Cold, in Tales from the Cafe we meet: the man seeking the best friend whose daughter he raised as his own; the son who did not come home for his mother’s funeral; the lover who travelled to see the girl he couldn’t marry; and the ageing detective who couldn’t save his own wife…

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