©2024 Fable Group Inc.

Before Your Memory Fades

By Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Before Your Memory Fades by Toshikazu Kawaguchi digital book - Fable

Why read on Fable?

Discover social reading

Chat inside the ebook with emojis, comments and more

Annotate with notes, tabs, and highlights

Share or keep your notes private with our annotation features

Support the World Literacy Foundation

We donate 20% of every book sale to help children learn to read

Publisher Description

The third novel in the international bestselling Before the Coffee Gets Cold series, following four new customers in a cafe where customers can travel back in time.

On the hillside of Mount Hakodate in northern Japan, Cafe Donna Donna is fabled for its dazzling views of Hakodate port. But that’s not all. Like the charming Tokyo cafe Funiculi Funicula, Cafe Donna Donna offers its customers the extraordinary experience of travelling through time.

From the author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold and Tales from the Cafe comes another story of four new customers, each of whom is hoping to take advantage of the cafe's time-travelling offer. Among some familiar faces from Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s previous novels, readers will also be introduced to:
  • A daughter who begrudges her deceased parents for leaving her orphaned
  • A comedian who aches for his beloved and their shared dreams
  • A younger sister whose grief has become all-consuming
  • A young man who realizes his love for his childhood friend too late

Translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot and featuring signature heart-warming characters and wistful storytelling, in Before Your Memory Fades, Kawaguchi once again invites the reader to ask themselves: what would you change if you could travel back in time?

Meet more wonderful characters in the next captivating novel in the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series, Before We Say Goodbye!

Read the rest of the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series: 
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold
  • Tales from the Cafe

543 Reviews

Anxious Face with sweat“To be honest, the stories were really cool, but the book didn't give me as much emotion as the first 2 books. I think he shouldn't have killed Nanako at the end because not everyone has to die. The stories themselves were ok only at the beginning I was very confused why there was suddenly a second cafe when supposedly there was only supposed to be one like that.”
Likable charactersEasy to readMagical settingRealistic settingThought-provoking
Slightly Smiling Face“I have loved the first two books in this series. It is a good reminder that we don’t know how what the future holds and we don’t always get another day to say and do things with the ones we love.”
Beautifully writtenEasy to read
“dnf'd. i absolutely LOVED the first book. made me cry like a baby. hit all the feels. but this one? feels like the book and story is past its time. the rules get explained in every.single.chapter and there are way too many people - that aren't that important to the story - in this book. usually you had a little bit of introduction to the characters / backstory and then were thrown into the time travel thing. this book kept on talking about nonsense, explaining the rules (twice cause the person traveling back seems to be a little slow), and gave me the overall feel of "not the book series that i used to enjoy". i really questioned if this was the series that started with such a banger of a first bool. feels like the author knows how well the first two books sold and now wants to cash in.”

About Toshikazu Kawaguchi

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. This is his debut as an author. Before the Coffee Gets Cold has become an international bestseller and has been adapted for the screen in Japan.

Start a Book Club

Start a public or private book club with this book on the Fable app today!


Do I have to buy the ebook to participate in a book club?

Why can’t I buy the ebook on the app?

How is Fable’s reader different from Kindle?

Do you sell physical books too?

Are book clubs free to join on Fable?

How do I start a book club with this book on Fable?

Error Icon
Save to a list
Private List
Private lists are not visible to other Fable users on your public profile.
Notification Icon
Fable uses the TMDB API but is not endorsed or certified by TMDB