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Baking Cakes in Kigali

A Novel

Parkin, Gaile

(eBook - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Baking Cakes in Kigali
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BONUS: This edition contains a Baking Cakes in Kigali discussion guide. This soaring novel introduces us to Angel Tungaraza: mother, cake baker, pillar of her community, keeper of secrets big and small. Angel's kitchen is an oasis in the heart of Rwanda, where visitors stop to order cakes but end up sharing their stories, transforming their lives, leaving with new hope. In this vibrant, powerful setting, unexpected things are beginning to happen: A most unusual wedding is planned, a heartbreaking mystery involving Angel's own family unravels, and extraordinary connections are made--as a chain of events unfolds that will change Angel's life and the lives of those around her in the most astonishing ways.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780440338796
Branch Call Number: FICTION Par
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 11, 2014
  • sfogs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great story!!! I LOVED the Cakes!!!!!

May 16, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Lovely African cake tales woven together like the colorful fabrics these ladies wear. Centered around Angel, who is this artistic cake baker in her part of town, where she is a business woman but tries to keep a balanced life with her grandkids and help those less fortunate while battling some ghosts from her past. Each cake has a story and some of these stories intertwine with one another. Enjoyed.

May 05, 2012
  • dontbugmeimreading rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This novel takes place in Kigali, Rwanda, after the genocide when the survivors and international volunteers are trying to put the country back together again. Angel, who lives with her husband and 5 grandchildren in an apartment complex filled with an assortment of people from all over the world, has a small home business baking cakes for celebrations.
I enjoyed this book. It reads a little like The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series but a bit edgier. It was disappointing that the one Canadian in the story was shown in a bad light.

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