Baking Cakes in Kigali: A Novel

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Bantam Books, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
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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.

 

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Angel Tungaraza is living with her husband and grandchildren in a compound in Kigali, Rwanda, where she had a cake-making business she operates out of the family’s apartment kitchen. Angel is ... Read full review

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Set in modern-day Rwanda, Angel lives with her husband and five grandchildren in an international compound. People from all walks of life seek her out because she's locally famous for her wonderful ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
23
Section 3
38
Section 4
59
Section 5
79
Section 6
103
Section 7
123
Section 8
145
Section 10
190
Section 11
211
Section 12
236
Section 13
261
Section 14
285
Section 15
313
Section 16
318
Section 17
321

Section 9
168

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About the author (2010)

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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