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Return to Kabul

Reading notes for Deborah Rodriguez’s Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.

In the spellbinding sequel to the international bestseller The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, Deborah Rodriguez reunites readers with many of the compelling characters. The incredible stories of six women, on opposite sides of the earth, yet forever joined by a café in Kabul, reveal strength and courage in a world where happily-ever-afters aren't as simple as they seem.

 

Reading group questions

  • Layla and Kat hold differing views on practically everything in Afghan culture, including the wearing of the hijab. Do you find one opinion more valid than the other, and if so, why?
  • In Chapter 21, Joe states that ‘a love of country can be a very complicated thing’. In that regard, how do the struggles of the characters in this book compare with one another?
  • Ahmet and his fellow students choose the issue of corruption in their country as the priority for their discussion group. How does corruption touch the lives of some of the characters in this story?
  • What do you find surprising about contemporary life in Afghanistan?
  • We see Ahmet struggling with his changing attitudes toward his country and its customs. What were the defining moments that caused him to shift back and forth on his views?
  • What do you think really keeps Sunny from leaving the island?
  • Halajan learns that a peahen costs less than a peacock. In what ways were the Afghan women thought to be worth less than men? Does it seem as though that might change?
  • Did anything surprise you about Layla’s reactions to the US?
  • Halajan says, ‘A girl with a book is the best weapon for progress.’ Why is that so?

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Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
The spellbinding sequel to the international bestseller The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. Six women, on opposite sides of the earth, yet forever joined by a cafe in Kabul.
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