Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Before we say goodbye (October 2023)

By Toshikazu Kawaguchi

October 29, 2023

The fourth novel in Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s internationally bestselling ‘Before the Coffee Gets Cold’ series.

The regulars at the magical Cafe Funiculi Funicula are well acquainted with its famous legend and extraordinary time-travel offering.  Many patrons have reunited with old flames, made amends with estranged family, and visited loved ones.  But the journey is not without risks and there are rules to follow.  Travellers must have visited the cafe before and crucially, must return to the present in the time it takes their coffee to go cold.

In the tradition of Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s sensational ‘Before the Coffee Gets Cold’ series, readers will once again be introduced to a new set of visitors: the husband with something important left to say; the woman who couldn’t bid her dog farewell; the woman who couldn’t answer a proposal; and the daughter who drove her father away.

Featuring signature heart-warming characters and wistful storytelling, in the beautifully haunting Before we say goodbye, Kawaguchi asks: who would you visit if you could travel through time?

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