A Cup of Friendship

A Cup of Friendship

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 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 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2011.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780307879172
Characteristics: 8 compact discs (ca. 9.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Marnò, Mozhan 1980-


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Feb 20, 2019

A complex, interesting, and very beautifully written book. It was impossible to resist its powers - I got sucked into the story and the lives of the characters. There are books and Books out there - and I strongly feel that this was the latter. Also, the narrator lady does an absolutely fantastic job and reads it perfectly. This is a deep and powerful read and makes you think and appreciate things you might have taken for granted before.

May 05, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator for this story. I think her performance added to the story, and I will be on the lookout for other audio books she has narrated.

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