A Cup of Friendship (The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul #1)
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 café 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 h...more
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I started reading it knowing it was written by an American woman who had spent many years in Afghanistan, so hoping the story would sound authentic- not westernised. I was wrong. It is a westernised novel- if you can call it that- centred around an American woman looking to have fun in a foreign country.
If you're after a quick read- something that doesn't make you think- this is the one for you.
Personally, I think ...more
How can I give my review....I...Hmm..
I wanted to love this book but couldn't....It has an okay background but the characters seem a bit "fluffy" and they don't have much behind them though they "pretend" too. If this was just a romantic romp then I could say 'Fine' and be happy with the flat characters but in this bo ...more
1. Do you need a book for your next business trip/vacation/weekend retreat?
2. Do you prefer fiction over nonfiction?
3. Do you like exotic locations for your stories?
4. Do you now or have you ever in the past watched daytime soaps?
5. Are you a woman?
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The central character of the novel is Sunny, a native of the American S ...more
Sunny is an American from Missouri trying to make a new life in Afghanistan. She's runs a coffee house that welcomes Afghans, Americans, UN workers, and employs a fascinating mixture of people. She loves Afghanistan, but the rise in violence and possible re emergence of the Taliban is making the country unsafe for her and her coffee shop. S ...more
The story is located in the heart of Kabul, during war time and narrates the story of five different women. They have almost nothing in common, nothing but the fact that they all hang out at the same coffee shop in Kabul. Some of the events that take place during the novel will bring them all together and as the story unfolds we witness secrets being revealed, fear and anger take over, issues of heart being solved or not, all in the heart of war.
What I enjoyed the most about this b ...more
The main character’s name is “Sunny” and despite the recurring and wide spread abuse of women depicted in many parts of this novel, it has a sunny feel. It not a page turner, but it is a fast read. The content makes it something like chick lit with in “exotic” locale. The story is simple, and sweet. By the ...more
Damn, it feels really good to finish a book (blame uni).
Do you ever read a book and feel neutral about it even though you really enjoyed it? For starter, it was nice to read about something different for change; different traditions, country, etc, but i think my lack of knowledge about Afghanistan prevented me from enjoying the book more than i did. There are things, though, that i love ...more
My favourite character was probably Halajan, although I did also like Yasmina. But I really didn't believe the 'metamorphosis' of some of the characters, particalarly one who had been set in the traditional ways ...more
The most interesting characters are the Afghans but their character ...more
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 ...more
What I like about this book so far is its unequivocal and honest spotlight onto the issues of women's rights, but in such a down-to-earth manner that all she does is tell the facts, portray it as it is. I haven't read far into ...more
Going back to the book itself, it had good intentio ...more
The story is set in Kabul and revolves around a coffee shop run by Sunny, an American, and centres on the lives of five women and the men in their lives.
It was fascinating looking at their relationships against the backdrop of Kabul shortly after 911, and the differences between cultures.
I would have liked to know a bit more about a couple of the women, especially Candace and Isabel, but that didn't sto ...more
The beginning of this book held my interest and met my expectations of learning more about the culture, traditions, and struggles of the Afghans. The author wrote about customs forced on women in this area and the way they are treated, which provided much food for thought and heightened my gratefulness for living in a country of freedom and opportunities. However, as I read further, it became a lighter read, leaning more toward chick-lit. I have no objections to these types of ...more
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.