- Author: Gaile Parkin | Paperback : 336 pages | ISBN-13 : 978-0385343442
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. 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.
This is a book that shows life of Rwandans after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis. Angel Tungaraza runs a cake business. She is a mother and a typical aunt that everyone comes to for advice. Through her we meet 14 different people with different stories that potray the lives of a people hit by war.
Angel bakes cakes for all occasions. You will meet expatriates with holiday cakes, boy-soldier with engagement cake, weary human rights workers, AIDS workers, drivers and many more as they come to Angel’s kitchen to share secrets and confessions.
This is a book that shows the real meaning of reconciliation and encourages women to rise and work. On this, I was deeply touched by the story of Jeanne d’Arc, who has worked as a prostitute since the genocide, when she was 11, to support and educate two young sisters and a boy with no family. The book shows how, after the genocide, life went on and people managed to find reasons to celebrate. It’s a highly recommended book.