A Cup of Friendship

A Cup of Friendship

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Sunny is an expat in Kabul who blissfully runs a coffee shop for other Americans in the country. When Yazmina, a pregnant young woman from a nearby village, is kidnapped and later abandoned near the coffee shop, Sunny instinctively comes to her aid. Candace, a wealthy American, also pitches in, while Isabel, a journalist, chronicles Yazmina's woe. Meanwhile, Halajan, a local mother, is reeling from a forbidden love affair
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345514752
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 25 cm


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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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