Monday, November 16, 2009

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin

The story is set in present day Rwanda. Angel Tungaraza and her husband Pius live in a multinational complex in the capital city of Kigali along with people of many different nationalities and career paths. Angel and her husband have tragically lost both of their children and are now raising their five grandchildren. Angel bakes cakes to help with the family finances. She is an excellent compassionate listener and we learn the stories of many of her customers. The conversations often carry a disturbing note of the tragedy of Africa – genocide, AIDS and poverty.
In the end it is ultimately a story of hope and recovery and the unfailing spirit of human beings to be able to rebuild their lives in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

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