Review: ‘The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul’ by Deborah Rodriguez

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Kabul may not be everyone’s ideal home but five very different women come together in a coffee shop and learn about love, tolerance and friendship.

Sunny, an American ex-pat, decided to give up on her life in the US and follow her boyfriend to Kabul. Unfortunately for Sunny, her boyfriend is involved in so many military-style operations that he’s rarely in touch, never mind in Kabul. She takes in Yazmina, a young woman who’s been abandoned in Kabul, to work for her alongside Halajan, a sixty-year-old liberal who has seen her country torn apart by wars and oppressors.

Candace, a wealthy American, happens upon the coffee shop during her pursuit of the enigmatic Wakil. Whilst there, she meets Isabel – a gutsy journalist with an agenda to expose the horrors going on in the country.

I liked the fact that this book was set in Afghanistan however I felt that the author trivialised some of the daily repressions being forced upon Afghans. Bombs, forbidden love, kidnappings and abuse seemed to be used as plot points. That said, I did enjoy the story as a piece of fiction although it was a bit too sugary for my liking at times.

Vic x

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