Much like her earlier work, Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil, Rodriguez does a great job of getting into the details of expat life in A Cup of Friendship. She also does a good job of really showing the reader what everyday Afghanis live like, in opposition to what most of the world – especially Americans – are shown in the media.
Before you read this book, you need to get past the title. (Or, rather, the subtitle.)
“An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil” implies that this will be yet another book where some Western woman (or man) goes into the Middle East – or another Islamic country – and tries to tell the stories of Muslim woman, or to reveal their plight, implying that the women themselves are unable to do so. And my problem with this title was what kept me from actually reading this book for so long.