Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
Angel Tungaraza is a professional baker, amateur matchmaker, an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on. She runs a successful cake business in Rwanda, where people from all walks of life come to her to order one of her spectacular cakes- as a gift, for a celebration, or simply to remember- but they stay to share their stories of loss and pain, of hope and redemption. And from their stories, Angel draws the ingredients she needs to craft a cake that will forever change their lives. Set against the backdrop of a country recovering from tragic events, Baking Cakes in Kigali is an inspiring and touching first novel about life, love, food, and universal truths that reveals how the human spirit- even when tested to the limits of imagination- endures and unifies us all.
The joy of the book comes from the way that we all carry on. How do we remember what should never be forgotten? How do we forget it enough that we can start again? How do we love and trust again after neighbors have slaughtered neighbors? How do we raise our children in the shadow of disease and violence? A cake is not the solution, of course; but it can be part of the answer.
I really enjoyed this book:) I do own it if anyone would like to borrow it.