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

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

by Deborah Rodriguez
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The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul (originally published as A Cup of Friendship) by Deborah Rodriguez

After hard luck and heartbreak, Sunny finally finds a place to call home—in the middle of an Afghanistan war zone. There, the thirty-eight-year-old serves up her American hospitality to the expats who patronize her coffee shop, including a British journalist, a “danger pay” consultant, and a wealthy and well-connected woman. True to her name, Sunny also bonds with people whose language and landscape are unfamiliar to most Westerners, but whose hearts and souls are very much like our own: the maternal Halajan, who vividly recalls the days before the Taliban and now must hide a modern romance from her ultratraditional son; and Yazmina, a young Afghan villager with a secret that could put everyone’s life in jeopardy. In this gorgeous first novel, New York Times bestselling author Deborah Rodriguez paints a stirring portrait of a faraway place where—even in the fog of political and social conflict—friendship, passion, and hope still exist. 
Originally published as A Cup of Friendship
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ISBN-13: 9780345514769
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 138,907
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Deborah Rodriguez is a hairdresser, a motivational speaker, and the author of the bestselling memoir Kabul Beauty School. She spent five years teaching at and later directing the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty academy and training salon in Afghanistan. Rodriguez also owned the Oasis Salon and the Cabul Coffee House. She currently lives in Mexico.

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The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
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: “ 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will become engrossed in the lives of the characters! Some moderate language use but that didnt really bother me.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Amazing story with twists and turns. Every chapter pulled me in more
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mimi just needed help finding jake lilly thats all :) - arielle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi do u have root beer here too besides coffee because im only 11 and cant have coffee.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is a bully fight? Oh btw, im josephina! I dont think ive ever chatted with you before!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kate~ srry gtg. Probably wont b on till tomorow.