Review: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Translated by Geoffrey Trousselot
This was an enjoyable short read. Although I loved each of the time traveler's stories, I'd be lying if I said that the last one, Mother and Child didn't make me tear up. The reasons for each of the characters wanting to travel through time vary, but each is compelling and comes to a satisfactory conclusion. Although some of the nuances about life in Tokyo were lost on me, I found each character easy to identify with, whether it was a woman who wishes she'd said something else to her lover as he broke up with her, a woman who has a question for her husband who has dementia, a woman who wishes that she could see her sister one last time before she dies and a terminally ill pregnant woman who wants the opportunity to travel to the future to see her child just once.
Overall, Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a well written and thought provoking read.