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BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD

Toshikazu Kawaguchi

  • Original Title: BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD
  • Publication date: December 2015
  • Publisher: TANKOBON
  • Country: JP
  • 348 print pages
  • Fantastic

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Japan
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Life change, Looking back on one's life, FAMILY, Siblings, Maternity, Mourning

Pitch

There is a coffee shop in Japan where if you sit in a particular seat, at a particular time, and order coffee you can go back in time, but only for the amount of time it takes before the coffee gets cold.

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Translation rights sold: UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Brazil, Czech Republic, Turkey.

Shortlisted by independent booksellers for the Indie Book Awards 2020

Toshikazu Kawaguchi (born in 1971) is a Japanese writer. He used to produce, direct and write for the theatrical group Sonic Snail. As a playwright, his most representative works include COUPLE, SUNSET SONG, and FAMILY TIME. This book is based on BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD, a 1110 Productions play that won the 10th Suginami Drama Festival grand prize. BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD is his debut as an author.

Summary

An urban legend is circulating about a certain seat in a certain town’s coffee shop. If you use that seat, rumor has it you will be transported back to a time of your choice.

But there are some very troublesome rules:
1 You can only meet people who have visited the coffee shop.
2 No matter what you do, you can’t change the present.
3 A customer will be sitting in your seat in the past. You have to wait until they’ve gone to sit down.
4 You can’t change seats.
5 Your time in the past starts when your coffee has been poured and ends once the coffee has gone cold. Those aren’t the only rules, but people still feel the need to visit the coffee shop after hearing the rumors. The coffee shop is called Funiculi Funicula. Would you still want to travel to the past under these conditions? This book tells the story of four heart-warming miracles that took place in this coffee shop.

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    Toshikazu Kawaguchi (born in 1971) is a Japanese writer. He used to produce, direct and write for the theatrical group Sonic Snail. As a playwright, his most representative works include COUPLE, SUNSET SONG, and FAMILY TIME. This book is based on BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD, a 1110 Productions play that won the 10th Suginami Drama Festival grand prize. BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD is his debut as an author.