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Book Review: Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Translated by Geoffrey Trousselot
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER – I received an advanced reading copy of this novel from the publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

When I originally read the synopsis for this book I was more than a little intrigued by the premise it presented. A coffee shop in the heart of Tokyo, where patrons could travel back in time in order to revisit past loves or spend one last moment with a lost family member, or even to meet the daughter they never knew. It’s a premise with a lot of promise, and suggested the potential for a refreshingly thoughtful exploration of the human condition which is often absent from a lot of modern fiction. Unfortunately, the end result doesn’t quite measure up to the promise of that synopsis, and I’ll admit this has slightly disappointed me.

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