The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul (Originally Published as a Cup of Friendship)Paperback
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- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 205mm x 20mm | 222g
- Publication date: 20 March 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0345514769
- ISBN 13: 9780345514769
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 2,886
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" Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more. RandomHouseReadersCircle.com
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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. "From the Hardcover edition."
By Louise Marsh 31 Oct 2011
Chick lit meets the Taliban in The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul (also published under the title A Cup of Friendship).
This unlikely pairing creates a warm-hearted read with a serious message about the treatment of women in modern day Afghanistan.
It tells the story of five women - two Americans, one British and two Afghans - and the friendship they forge in a little coffee shop in the centre of Kabul.
It's evident that American author Deborah Rodriguez loves Kabul, the city she called home for five years during the 2000s, and that she has a lot of respect and compassion for its people.
I like what she has done with The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.
She gives us an insight into the lure of a country like Afghanistan for foreigners, the harsh realities of life for Afghan women and the struggles of the older generation who can remember life before the Taliban.
She also gave me a greater appreciation for the people of Afghanistan and their country, culture and traditions.
She does so using a writing style that is very easy to read.
I didn't love this book, but I liked it a lot.
It's not as haunting as Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns, but there are similarities between the two. Both authors draw attention to violence against women in Afghanistan, albeit using different genres.
If you're looking for a an easy and warm-hearted read that gives an insight into the struggles of women living in a country with a culture that is far different to ours, then The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul is worth a read.
You can read more of my book recommendations at www.thereadingexperiment.com
"Rodriguez paints a vivid picture of Afghan culture. . . . As if Maeve Binchy had written "The Kite Runner.""--"Kirkus Reviews " "A superb debut novel . . . [Deborah] Rodriguez captures place and people wholeheartedly, unveiling the faces of Afghanistan's women through a wealth of memorable characters who light up the page.""--Publishers Weekly" "[A] fast-paced winner of a novel . . . the work of a serious artist with great powers of description at her disposal.""--The Kansas City Star" "Readers will appreciate the in-depth, sensory descriptions of this oft-mentioned and faraway place that most have never seen.""--Booklist" "Charming . . . [a book] to warm your heart."--"Good Housekeeping"