Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Release Date - November 17, 2020
Within Funiculi Funicula, patrons enjoy their coffee. Some know of the rumors that if you sit at one particular seat, you can go back in time. You can't change the present, but you can go back to the time you wish to revisit. The issue is getting the ghostly woman that spends a lot of time at that table to leave it so that you have a chance.
Each story within Before the Coffee Gets Cold tells the story of this cafe and those that wish to sit at the seat. Ages vary and reasons for wishing to go back are often different. What never changes that if you don't drink your coffee before it goes cold, you can be stuck forever.
I enjoyed the premise behind this collection of short stories. I loved the cover art. Something about its simplicity and warmth drew me in. I wish the rest of the book appealed to me as much. I liked some of the stories, but I never loved them. The characters came and went and I never found myself wondering about them after I was done their chapter. In the end, it was simply good rather than something I'll remember weeks from now.
As a note, this is a translation of Toshikazu Kawaguchi's Japanese short story collection. It's also a reissue. The international edition was released last year.