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Baking Cakes in Kigali


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ISBN13: 9780385343442
ISBN10: 0385343442
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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.


Angel Tungaraza--mother, cake baker, keeper of secrets--is 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.

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 counselled 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.

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Jmitzel, August 5, 2011 (view all comments by Jmitzel)
I loved this book, really loved it. The aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda is multilayered, and this book offers a fascinating view. The characters were wonderful and the profundity of their experiences sneeks up on the reader in a beautiful way. Highly recommended for anyone interested in modern Africa, but might like to see it through a fictional lens.
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heatheranddogs, December 24, 2010 (view all comments by heatheranddogs)
This charming tale will remind you of The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency. Here the main character uses her wit, compassion, and extraordinary cakes to save the day in a variety of amusing and sometimes difficult situations in Rwanda.
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