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Baking Cakes in Kigali - A Novel

Gaile Parkin

Once in a great while a debut novelist comes along who dazzles us with rare eloquence and humanity, who takes us to bold new places and into previously unimaginable lives. Gaile Parkin is just such a talent-and Baking Cakes in Kilgali is just such a novel. This gloriously written tale-set in modern-day Rwanda-introduces one of the most singular and engaging characters in recent fiction: Angel Tungaraza-mother, cake baker, keeper of secrets-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, Angel runs a bustling business: baking cakes for all occasions-cakes filled with vibrant color, buttery richness, and, most of all, a sense of hope only Angel can deliver.…A CIA agent's wife seeks the perfect holiday cake but walks away with something far sweeter…a former boy-soldier orders an engagement cake, then, between sips of tea, shares an enthralling story…weary human rights workers…lovesick limo drivers. Amid this cacophony of native tongues, love affairs, and confessions, Angel's kitchen is an oasis where people tell their secrets, where hope abounds and help awaits. In this unlikely place, in the heart of Rwanda, 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 being made among the men and women who have tasted Angel's beautiful cakes…as a chain of events unfolds that will change Angel's life-and the lives of those around her-in the most astonishing ways. From the Hardcover edition.

Once in a great while a debut novelist comes along who dazzles us with rare eloquence and humanity, who takes us to bold new places and into previously unimaginable lives. Gaile Parkin is just such a talent-and Baking Cakes in Kilgali is just such a novel. This gloriously written tale-set in modern-day Rwanda-introduces one of the most singular and engaging characters in recent fiction: Angel Tungaraza-mother, cake baker, keeper of secrets-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, Angel runs a bustling business: baking cakes for all occasions-cakes filled with vibrant color, buttery richness, and, most of all, a sense of hope only Angel can deliver.…A CIA agent's wife seeks the perfect holiday cake but walks away with something far sweeter…a former boy-soldier orders an engagement cake, then, between sips of tea, shares an enthralling story…weary human rights workers…lovesick limo drivers. Amid this cacophony of native tongues, love affairs, and confessions, Angel's kitchen is an oasis where people tell their secrets, where hope abounds and help awaits. In this unlikely place, in the heart of Rwanda, 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 being made among the men and women who have tasted Angel's beautiful cakes…as a chain of events unfolds that will change Angel's life-and the lives of those around her-in the most astonishing ways. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Once in a great while a debut novelist comes along who dazzles us with rare eloquence and humanity, who takes us to bold new places and into previously unimaginable lives. Gaile Parkin is just such a talent-and Baking Cakes in Kilgali is just such a novel. This gloriously written tale-set in modern-day Rwanda-introduces one of the most singular and engaging characters in recent fiction: Angel Tungaraza-mother, cake baker, keeper of secrets-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, Angel runs a bustling business: baking cakes for all occasions-cakes filled with vibrant color, buttery richness, and, most of all, a sense of hope only Angel can deliver.…A CIA agent's wife seeks the perfect holiday cake but walks away with something far sweeter…a former boy-soldier orders an engagement cake, then, between sips of tea, shares an enthralling story…weary human rights workers…lovesick limo drivers. Amid this cacophony of native tongues, love affairs, and confessions, Angel's kitchen is an oasis where people tell their secrets, where hope abounds and help awaits. In this unlikely place, in the heart of Rwanda, 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 being made among the men and women who have tasted Angel's beautiful cakes…as a chain of events unfolds that will change Angel's life-and the lives of those around her-in the most astonishing ways. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adenrele Ojo

Length:

10h 29m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:34


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:12


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:57


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:17


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:08


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:30


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:31


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:11


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:23


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:38


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:04


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:05


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:10


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:31


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:13


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:25


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:59


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:37


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:57


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:41


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:54


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:47


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:03


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:16


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:16


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:12


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:05


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:22


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:27


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:17


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:20


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:19


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:09


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:21


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:21


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:20


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

00:31