The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

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In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together.

SUNNY, the proud proprietor, who needs an ingenious plan - and fast - to keep her cafe and customers safe.

YAZMINA, a young pregnant woman stolen from her remote village and now abandoned on Kabul's violent streets.

CANDACE, a wealthy American who has finally left her husband for her Afghan lover, the enigmatic Wakil.

ISABEL, a determined journalist with a secret that might keep her from the biggest story of her life.

And HALAJAN, the sixty-year-old den mother, whose long-hidden love affair breaks all the rules.

As these five women discover there's more to one another than meets the eye, they form a unique bond that will for ever change their lives and the lives of many others.

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul is the heart-warming and life-affirming fiction debut from the author of the bestselling memoir The Kabul Beauty School.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 195 x 25mm | 330g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 075155040X
  • 9780751550405
  • 7,647

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If you like The Kite Runner, you'll love The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. This compelling story of a cafe in the heart of Afghanistan, and the men and women who meet there, is full of heart and intelligence Look Magazine
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A heart-warming tale * Good Book Guide * Captivating and addictive. A perfect book-club read * Take a Break * A unique insight into the women of this volatile, fascinating place * East Anglian Daily Times * A brilliant story of strength and appreciation of difference that restores belief in humanity * Daily Telegraph * A heartwarming tale about female friendships * Cosmopolitan * This compelling tale features the stories of five women in Afghanistan and how living surrounded by conflict and danger affects their lives * Bella * An eye-opening and uplifting tale about sisterhood and survival * Grazia * If you like The Kite Runner, you'll love The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. This compelling story of a cafe in the heart of Afghanistan, and the men and women who meet there, is full of heart and intelligence * Look Magazine *
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About Deborah Rodriguez

Deborah Rodriguez spent five years teaching at and later directing the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty academy and training salon in Afghanistan. She also owned the Cabul Coffee House, and is now a hairdresser and a motivational speaker. Deborah currently lives in Mexico where she owns the Tippy Toes Salon.
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16,969 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (6,414)
3 30% (5,060)
2 10% (1,632)
1 3% (534)

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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, Halajanâ??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 womenâ??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. â??â?¦in Kabul, people get close quickly, bound together by experience, fear, and loneliness. Time is compressed, relationships move fastâ?? 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: â?? were a proud, strange bunch, and Afghan men more complex that mostâ??; on friendship between cultures: â??We are friends, but there will always be the distance of oceans, customs, and history between usâ??; on the difference in emotional response that living with war makes: â??In Afghanistan, you cry when your house burns down with everything and everyone in itâ??. 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 more
by Marianne Vincent
I enjoyed reading this book as it was a good insight into the lives of women living in Kabul. I've read reviews where people refer to it as disappointing 'chick-lit' but I wouldn't call it that at all. Sure, there's themes of love and infatuation but the emphasis on the oppression of women and even the controlling of men is much more prevalent. Religion, sex slavery and terrorism are what makes this book undefinable as 'chick-lit' and I found it hard to put down. It is also an inspiration as you follow how each of the five women make a difference in the world, no matter how more
by Gemma
A beautiful and inspirational book of life,love and friendships through diversity,thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful storyshow more
by Sharon Buckley
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