Translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot, Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s Before We Say Goodbye explores the age-old question: what would you do if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?
The regulars at the magical Cafe Funiculi Funicula are familiar with its renowned legend and extraordinary menu with time travel on offer. Many patrons have reunited with old flames, made amends with estranged family, and paid visits to loved ones. However, the journey wasn’t a smooth one considering the stringent rules to follow. For starters, time travelers must have visited the cafe beforehand. Even more importantly, they need to come back to the present in time before their coffee gets cold.
In keeping with the previous books in Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s Before the Coffee Gets Cold series, readers will once again come face to face with a new set of visitors:
The husband with something important left to say
The woman who couldn’t bid her dog farewell
The woman who couldn’t answer a proposal
The daughter who drove her father away
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Published: September 2023
Number of Pages: 192
Author: Toshikazu Kawaguchi