From the author of the â€œbighearted . . . inspiringâ€ () memoir 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 thereâ€”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 homeâ€”it just happens to be in the middle of a war zone. The thirty-eight-year-old Americanâ€™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. Sheâ€™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 sonâ€”who, unbeknownst to her, is facing his own religious doubts. Into the cafأ© come Isabel, a British journalist on the trail of a risky story; Jack, who left his family back home in Michigan to earn â€œdanger payâ€ 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 cafأ© and gives her a homeâ€”but Yazmina hides a secret that could put all their lives in jeopardy. As this group of men and women discover that thereâ€™s more to one another than meets the eye, theyâ€™ll form an unlikely friendship that will change not only their own lives but the lives of an entire country. Brimming with Deborah Rodriguezâ€™s remarkable gift for depicting the nuances of life in Kabul, and filled with vibrant characters that readers will truly care about, is the best kind of fictionâ€”full of heart yet smart and thought-provoking.