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Saturday, July 11, 2009

ARC Arrival: Baking Cakes in Kigali

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin

Publisher: Dell Publishing

I received this book from the publisher through Shelf Awareness.

About the book: 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 talent—and Baking Cakes in Kilgali is just such a novel. This gloriously written tale—set in modern-day Rwanda—introduces one of the most singular and engaging characters in recent fiction: Angel Tungaraza—mother, cake baker, keeper of secrets—a 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 occasions—cakes filled with vibrant color, buttery richness, and, most of all, a sense of hope only Angel can deliver.…A CIA agent’s wife seeks the perfect holiday cake but walks away with something far sweeter…a former boy-soldier orders an engagement cake, then, between sips of tea, shares an enthralling story…weary human rights workers…lovesick limo drivers. Amid this cacophony of native tongues, love affairs, and confessions, Angel’s 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 planned…a heartbreaking mystery—involving Angel’s own family—unravels…and extraordinary connections are being made among the men and women who have tasted Angel’s beautiful cakes…as a chain of events unfolds that will change Angel’s life—and the lives of those around her—in the most astonishing ways. (from Barnes & Noble website)

About the author: Gaile Parkin was born and raised in Zambia and studied at universities in South Africa and England. She has lived in many different parts of Africa, including Rwanda, where Baking Cakes in Kigali is set. She spent two years in Rwanda as a VSO volunteer at the new university doing a wide range of work: teaching, mentoring, writing learning materials, working with the campus clinic to counsel students with HIV/AIDS, and doing gender advocacy and empowerment work. Evenings and weekends, she counseled women and girls who were survivors. Many of the stories told by the characters in Baking Cakes for Kigali are based on or inspired by stories Parkin was told herself. She is currently a freelance consultant in the fields of education, gender, and HIV/AIDS. (from Barnes & Noble website)

Baking Cakes in Kigali
Publisher/Publication Date: Dell, August 2009
ISBN: 978-0-385-34343-5
320 pages

Barnes & Noble


Anonymous said...

The premise of this book sounds very good, and I love the cover graphics. Thanks for the preview!

bermudaonion said...

I got this one, too! I think it looks great and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Diane said...

i got this one too this week. it looks really good. enjoy

Neas Nuttiness said...

I would have loved to have gotten an ARC of Baking Cakes in Kigali. The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series has been one of my favorites, so this book would be right up my alley!

Looking forward to your review!

Anonymous said...

I guess that Shelf Awareness & I were never meant to be. I never could find an ARC through them. They were either out or the newsletter didn't have any. Of course, I don't need any now. ;)

So glad you are getting something good!

Jules said...

The book sounds really good, I'll have to keep my eyes out for it when it hits bookstores. Enjoy your read.


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