Baking Cakes in Kigali

Baking Cakes in Kigali

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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BONUS: This edition contains a Baking Cakes in Kigali discussion guide.

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.

Baker & Taylor
Rendered a confidant and supportive friend for her willingness to listen to her neighbors in genocide-stricken Rwanda, baker Angel Tungaraza provides decadent confections and transforming counsel to a series of troubled customers. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780440338796
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK


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CRRL_VirginiaJohnson Jun 08, 2017

A story with sweetness and nuttiness baked right in. Angel makes the hard years after Rwanda's genocide easier to bear by creating amazing celebratory cakes, which seem to prove that there is still much worth celebrating. But Angel, who listens to everyone else's sorrows, must confront her own.

Nov 20, 2016

Loved this book--it reminded me of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency--a slow, sweet pace with a great feel for the culture. Charming, sweet but enough true-life grit to keep it from being saccharine--it's anything but. Would love to hear more about this character.

Jul 11, 2014

A great story!!! I LOVED the Cakes!!!!!

WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013

This story about life in post-genocide Rwanda is both highly informative and wonderfully engaging. The heroine creates fabulous, colourful cakes, counsels friends, matchmakes, and problem-solves—all with intelligence and a light spirit, and while raising her orphaned grandchildren.

May 16, 2013

Lovely African cake tales woven together like the colorful fabrics these ladies wear. Centered around Angel, who is this artistic cake baker in her part of town, where she is a business woman but tries to keep a balanced life with her grandkids and help those less fortunate while battling some ghosts from her past. Each cake has a story and some of these stories intertwine with one another. Enjoyed.

May 05, 2012

This novel takes place in Kigali, Rwanda, after the genocide when the survivors and international volunteers are trying to put the country back together again. Angel, who lives with her husband and 5 grandchildren in an apartment complex filled with an assortment of people from all over the world, has a small home business baking cakes for celebrations.
I enjoyed this book. It reads a little like The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series but a bit edgier. It was disappointing that the one Canadian in the story was shown in a bad light.


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