It is rare I pick up a novel I’d consider contemporary fiction (even if there is an element of time travel). Rarer still that I have read translated fiction. But this book found me when I need it most, and the experience of reading Before the coffee gets cold has been a heartwarming and emotional experience….
Mr Hades Smith truly is an unusual character. Ahead of moving in today he tried to pay his rent and bond to me in solid gold coins. Somehow it didn’t occur to him that bank transfer is a thing. Seriously, who tries to pay you in gold? We don’t live in medieval times anymore buddy….
I knew when I advertised for a new housemate three weeks ago I’d get all sorts knocking at my door wanting to move into the place. Every man and his dog, cat, fish, snake and iguana. Yes, someone actually had a pet iguana. I think his name was Jason. I’ve gone through hundreds of applications…
He never asked about the scars on her back. He knew she’d never tell him. He’d long ago given up hope that after several months she might start to open up. But she never did, she never spoke. Not once. He knew what he did of her now as he did all those years ago….