A Cup of Friendship

A Cup of Friendship

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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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 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 caf ̌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 caf ̌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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2011.
ISBN: 9780345524362
Characteristics: 1 computer file (2561 KB) :,digital, EPUB file.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Nov 15, 2016

A lovely book about Afghanistan. At times I felt like reading a fairy tell with many happy endings and serendipities, bad and good guys, but so what? I appreciated all the details about Afghanistan and its culture, traditions and insights of someone who spent a considerable amount of time in the country to get to know them.

Nov 25, 2013

I truly enjoyed Deborah Rodriguez's fictional account of a Kabul coffee shop, complete with a cast of Afghans and the outsiders working with NGOs and other groups. What a story of the beauty of humanity and friendship. I liked the fiction so well that now I am reading Deborah Rodriguez's Kabul Beauty School, nonfiction and a good, easy read.

Oct 14, 2013

A near miss from a good writer. I highly recommend Rodriguez's first book, _Kabul Beauty School_, a gripping nonfiction account of Rodriguez's first interactions with Afghanistan. _A Cup of Friendship_, unfortunately, misses that high standard. I know it's "just a story", and I know writers often draw from their own experiences, but it's very distracting when a story's "fictional" main character is a carbon copy of everything you know about the real-life author. If Rodriguez decides to write a nonfiction sequel to _Kabul Beauty School_, I'll be first in line to read it, but I definitely won't be rereading this book.

Feb 11, 2013

This fictional novel by a USA writer is her second book based on her experiences while operating a beauty school and café in Kabul. She is agressive and active in solving Afghani problems of poverty and ignorance while conveying her respect and insight for Afghani cultural differences to her readers. It's this very agression that appears to upset some people—her manner and style is so western thinking that it's shocking (like a bull in a china shop.) I enjoyed her book and look forward to more.

Jul 07, 2012

Such a delightful book, it is a shame that I hadnt heard of this at all and I was lucky to find it by chance. This is a total must read with very well developed characters that give a strong sense of life and women in Afghanistan.

debwalker Jan 24, 2011

A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez follows a group of women who meet in a Kabul coffee shop owned by an American.

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