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The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul (originally published as A Cup of Friendship): A Novel

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul is the first novel by hairdresse

    The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul is the first novel by hairdresser, a motivational speaker and author, Deborah Rodriguez. Sunny Tedder owns a coffee shop in Kabul, staffed by her Hazzara barista and manager, Bashir Hadi, her land-lady Halajan and her security guard, Ahmet, Halajan’s strictly Muslim son. Soft-hearted Sunny finds herself taking on a waitress, an escapee from a Nuristani war-lord, the pregnant Yazmina. As Sunny waits for the reappearance of her boyfriend Tommy, working on undisclosed assignments and away for long periods without contact, she makes improvements to attract customers and increase her business. American businessman, Jack is a regular customer; British journalist, Isabel Hughes is attracted by a Wednesday night speaker on women’s issues; Candace Appleton, ex-wife of a US ambassador and intent on good works, is accompanied to the coffee house by her new love, Afghani Wakil. This is the group of people that tries to lead ordinary lives against the backdrop of danger that is the norm in Afghanistan. “…in Kabul, people get close quickly, bound together by experience, fear, and loneliness. Time is compressed, relationships move fast” Each of the women has a secret (or two) that affects the way they react to events in their lives, and not all of them will survive. Rodriguez describes an Afghan wedding, comments on the status of women, on the need for security, on power, abuse and violence. She also comments on men: “..men were a proud, strange bunch, and Afghan men more complex that most”; on friendship between cultures: “We are friends, but there will always be the distance of oceans, customs, and history between us”; on the difference in emotional response that living with war makes: “In Afghanistan, you cry when your house burns down with everything and everyone in it”. Having owned a coffee house in Kabul for several years, Rodriguez personal experience ensures her novel has a highly authentic feel. Her love for Afghanistan and her people is evident in every paragraph. This feel-good novel has the added bonus of an interview with the author and recipes for some Afghani dishes. Enjoyable and informative.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Arielle

    Mimi just needed help finding jake lilly thats all :) - arielle

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Worth the read!

    You will become engrossed in the lives of the characters! Some moderate language use but that didnt really bother me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Not as good as I hoped it would be

    The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul was a pleasant read, with occasional interesting glimpses into life in Afghanistan for ordinary citizens, especially the life of women. The characters are unevenly written, and the second half of the book doesn't live up to the expectations set by the first half.

    By the time you reach the last 50 or 60 pages you can just about hear the book editor whispering in the author's ear to wrap it up and get on to the next thing. The ending is unconvincing and undermines the bigger issues that the book began to explore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Noelia

    Hi do u have root beer here too besides coffee because im only 11 and cant have coffee.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Lily

    What?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Jo to cade

    What is a bully fight? Oh btw, im josephina! I dont think ive ever chatted with you before!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Kate

    Kate~ srry gtg. Probably wont b on till tomorow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Zoie

    Hey -zoie

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    Posted October 25, 2012

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