Summary: 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 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.
My Review : I loved this book, like absolutely loved this book. The characters were all so complex and lovable. I loved every single one of the characters. They all came together and told quite a beautiful story.
I am not sure if it was the intention of the author but I really felt drawn to Afghanistan, I felt like I wanted to understand a bit more about their culture. This book is so well written I couldn’t help but wonder what Kabul looks like and wonder if I knew any Afghans.
This book is a true story of life, I felt that this could have potentially been any small town coffee shop, but what made this unique was that this coffee shop was in a war zone and the author did a great job depicting that.
The author also did a fantastic job touching the very hard subject of basic women’s rights. We often assume all men in Afghanistan want to treat women poorly, but that is not the case, but there are people who will treat women like dogs because she said no to sex. I feel the author represented this subject very well. She wrote strong men into the story to show that good men DO EXIST in Afghanistan but made sure to touch the reality.
Such a well written book. IT earned it’s place on my Best of 2017 Goodreads shelf.