Cafe at 46 Old Street
Hannah Cao’s debut novel, CAFE AT 46 OLD STREET, is a story on finding family, identity, expectations, and failure, and finding freedom in growth and forgiveness.
Sometimes all you really need is a place to call home.
Hanh arrives in London with nothing but her sketchbook and her journal. She is starry-eyed at the idea of starting a new life in the city of opportunities— where she is no longer forced to sit at Friday dinners with her father's new wife and kids, and where, on the downside, she is no longer with her first love.
Winston has always been a little out-of-sync. As if to prove how disappointing he looks next to his Golden brother, he just dropped out of university and, on top of that, was dumped by his girlfriend over text. Living a life of dark espresso without the sugar, he is struggling to find a role in his own life.
Clementine is a quirky rarity, a splash of nosy and a cup of eccentric, destined to be the driving force of her parents' otherwise sleepy coffee shop — if she doesn't lose it to the looming competition threatening her eviction.
Alexander grew up unable to fit in, having moved from Italy to London with his overachieving mother at a young age and constantly changing schools. His quiet nature is a curtain to his fears, but his delightful tarts are a reflection of how others feel about him.
From the outside, their lives are simple: they’re a group of an overjoyed newbie, a strictly sober bartender, an exuberant coffee shop owner and a quiet baker trying to find their place in the world. But still waters run deep in the Cafe At 46 Old Street, so when reality comes catching up to them, threatening their routine and crumbling their lofty walls, their lives are changed in a matter of a year.
Will they find their way back home?
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