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Baking Cakes in Kigali

A Novel
Parkin, Gaile (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Baking Cakes in Kigali


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Professional cake baker Angel Tungaraza's treats are really needed in post-civil war Rwanda. Literature from Africa is on the rise, and this debut by a consultant in education, gender, and AIDS is a BookExpo featured title.
Authors: Parkin, Gaile
Title: Baking cakes in Kigali
a novel
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Delacorte Press,, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,22 cm
ISBN: 0385343434
9780385343435
Branch Call Number: FIC PARKIN 2009
Statement of Responsibility: Gaile Parkin
Subject Headings: Bakers Fiction Bakeries Fiction Women cooks Fiction African women Fiction Kigali (Rwanda) Fiction Families Rwanda Kigali Fiction
Topical Term: Bakers
Bakeries
Women cooks
African women
Families
LCCN: 2008055573
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Report This May 16, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This May 05, 2012
  • dontbugmeimreading rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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