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.
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.
CIA agent’s wife seeks the perfect holiday cake but walks away with something
far sweeter; a former boy-soldier orders an engagement cake and 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.
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. Download and start listening now!