A Tokyo basement café that stays cool and comfy all the time, a ghost who occupies a chair except during bathroom breaks, and 4 people who need at least a few moments to visit with someone important to them. In the small café in Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi you can travel through time if you're willing to follow the rules. And, the rules are strict.
As each of 4 people travel in time for understanding, reassurance, or a glimpse of someone they love, a change takes place but always in the heart of the person who traveled through time.
What an incredibly satisfying, heart-warming book, absolutely lovely.
Highly recommended - One of my favorites of the year, so far, I absolutely loved this Japanese time travel (a translation). I honestly don't want to say too much about it because I loved the experience so much. I closed Before the Coffee Gets Cold with happy tears.
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