If you could go back in time, who would you want to see?

In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a cafe that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee--the chance to travel back in time. Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the cafe in the hopes of making that journey.

But time travel isn't so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most important, the trip can last only as long as it takes for the coffee to get cold. Heartwarming, wistful, mysterious and delightfully quirky, Toshikazu Kawaguchi's internationally bestselling novel explores the age-old question: What would you change if you could travel back in time?

272 pages. Hardcover.

About the Author

Toshikazu Kawaguchi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971. He has produced, directed, and written for the theatrical group Sonic Snail. As a playwright, his works include COUPLE, Sunset Song, and family time. His play Before the Coffee Gets Cold won the grand prize at the Suginami Drama Festival. His debut novel, Before the Coffee Gets Cold, has become an international bestseller and has been adapted for the screen in Japan.