The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul By Deborah Rodriguez
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul By Deborah Rodriguez Viral Book 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 author of the 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 cFrom the author of the 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 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.. Good Kindle The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul I HATE chick-lit, to me it is not a genre, its an insult. The rampant vapid female consumerism, "frothy" plots, whiny heroines and stereotypes drive me mad. A Cup of Friendship or The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul is not the worst kind of chick-lit. It does attempt to have an interesting storyline, an exotic but gritty setting and female characters who are not obsessed with shoes and brand names. However, it is full of stereotypes, poorly fleshed out characters and implausible ending. The plot constantly threatens to become interesting, a tragedy is always imminent, something of consequence could actually happen...but it never does. Characters never blossom as the book shuffles to its tedious Hallmark card ending. Halajan is the only character of interest with her no bullshit attitude, long hidden forbidden love story and passion for Rumi, but she alone is not enough to save this book from saccharine tedium. This book could have been so much more, a celebration of the power of the feminine to triumph, to bloom and blossom in the harshest of circumstances, instead it was a ho-hum book of very little brain or heart. Another literary cheeseburger instead of a feast.