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Baking Cakes in Kigali - Gaile Parkin

Baking Cakes in Kigali - Gaile Parkin

Title: Baking Cakes in Kigali

Author:  Gaile Parkin

ISBN:  9781843549857

Weight:  922 g

Signed, lined and dated first edition, first printing



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Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin

Angel Tungaraza has recently moved to Rwanda from her native Tanzania.  With her husband Pius and the five orphaned children of their late son and daughter, she is hardly short of things to do.  But she still finds time to pursue her passion: her small but increasingly successful business, baking individually designed cakes for the parties and celebrations of her neighbours and their friends.

As a businesswoman, Angel prides herself on behaving professionally at all times, even when faced by awkward situations, ethical dilemmas and her own undignified menopausal hot flashes.  And if she is occasionally manipulative, it is only ever because fairness requires it.  Or because people sometimes need a small push in the right direction.  Or because it might just win her cakes an international reputation.

Entirely aware that many of the people around her have witnessed and survived horrors she can barely imagine, Angel also knows that their lives continue, that they still find reasons for joy and celebration.  As her customers tell her their stories, she comes to realise how much each of them has to mourn as well as how much they have to celebrate.  And, finally, she comes to accept how much that is true of her too…

Peer & Press Reviews

Baking Cakes contemplates the difficult lives of the survivors of genocide, the unrelenting poverty and African women’s struggle for independence in a straightforward yet touching way.

Kelvin Odoobo, The New Times (Rwanda)

So much in Kigali is colored by AIDS and genocide.  It seems the lives of everyone Angel encounters have been touched by those perils…  But as Angel celebrates weddings, confirmations and life with her clients, Baking Cakes in Kigali reveals a hope and joy not often associated with Rwanda.

Carla Jean Whitley, BookPage

This is a uniquely charming, gently moving, deliciously funny novel about life, love and cake.  Ultimately, it shows how the human spirit – even when pushed to its limits – endures and unifies us all.


Bibliographic Info

TitleBaking Cakes in Kigali
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Collecting noteLined (and dated) copies of this debut novel are scarce.
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Lined“Eh, now her cakes were going to be more beautiful than ever!”
Awards and Media
Awards and prizesMcKitterick Prize 2010 – shortlist
Book Stats
PublisherGrove Atlantic
ImprintAtlantic Books
Publication date
Printed byMPG Books, Bodmin
ISBN 139781843549857
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)222 x 148 x 36mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket designGhost Design
Jacket illustrationPetra Borner / Dutch Uncle

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