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A Cup of Friendship - A Novel

Deborah Rodriguez

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mozhan Marno

Length:

9h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:22


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:13


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:17


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:56


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:55


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:23


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:50


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:37


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:15


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:06


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:29


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:37


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:30


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:49


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:51


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:32


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:02


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:26


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:38


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:03


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:30


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:16


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:21


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:33


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:57


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:45


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

00:27