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A Cup of Friendship - Deborah Rodriguez
A Cup of Friendship
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From the author of the “bighearted . . . inspiring” (Vogue) memoir Kabul Beauty School comes a fiction debut as compelling as real life: the story of a remarkable coffee shop in the heart of Afghanistan, and the men and women who meet there—thrown together by circumstance, bonded by secrets, and... show more
From the author of the “bighearted . . . inspiring” (Vogue) memoir Kabul Beauty School comes a fiction debut as compelling as real life: the story of a remarkable coffee shop in the heart of Afghanistan, and the men and women who meet there—thrown together by circumstance, bonded by secrets, and united in an extraordinary friendship. After hard luck and some bad choices, Sunny has finally found a place to call home—it just happens to be in the middle of a war zone. The thirty-eight-year-old American’s pride and joy is the Kabul Coffee House, where she brings hospitality to the expatriates, misfits, missionaries, and mercenaries who stroll through its doors. She’s especially grateful that the busy days allow her to forget Tommy, the love of her life, who left her in pursuit of money and adventure. Working alongside Sunny is the maternal Halajan, who vividly recalls the days before the Taliban and now must hide a modern romance from her ultratraditional son—who, unbeknownst to her, is facing his own religious doubts. Into the café come Isabel, a British journalist on the trail of a risky story; Jack, who left his family back home in Michigan to earn “danger pay” as a consultant; and Candace, a wealthy and well-connected American whose desire to help threatens to cloud her judgment. When Yazmina, a young Afghan from a remote village, is kidnapped and left on a city street pregnant and alone, Sunny welcomes her into the café and gives her a home—but Yazmina hides a secret that could put all their lives in jeopardy. As this group of men and women discover that there’s more to one another than meets the eye, they’ll form an unlikely friendship that will change not only their own lives but the lives of an entire country. Brimming with Deborah Rodriguez’s remarkable gift for depicting the nuances of life in Kabul, and filled with vibrant characters that readers will truly care about, A Cup of Friendship is the best kind of fiction—full of heart yet smart and thought-provoking.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345514752 (0345514750)
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it
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...
DubaiReader
DubaiReader rated it
3.5 Also published as A Cup of Friendship.
I first came across Deborah Rodriguez as the author of the memoir, The Kabul Beauty School, which I gave 4 stars. She had found a need in the local community for a place for Afghani women to meet and talk, to make some money in their own right and to have an identity away from the men. In many ways ...
brb. reading.
brb. reading. rated it
Chicklit with suicide bombings.
KarenV
KarenV rated it
2.5 stars. A quick and easy read but not that well written.
Constantly Moving the Bookmark
Constantly Moving the Bookmark rated it
3.0 A Cup of Friendship
Having read and enjoyed Kabul Beauty School I was quite pleased to find another book by Ms. Rodriguez. Cup of Friendship did not disappoint me. The reader is dropped into the middle of a coffee shop in the heart of the Afghan capitol. Sunny runs the place, but navigates through the treacherous wa...
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