The House on Carnaval Street

The House on Carnaval Street

Book - 2014
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When her family faces kidnap threats after the publication of her first book, Deborah Rodriguez is forced to flee Kabul, leaving behind her friends, her possessions, the beauty school she helped found and her two beloved businesses: a beauty salon and a coffee shop. But life proves no easier 'back home'. After a year living on top of a mountain in the Napa Valley and teetering on the edge of sanity, Deborah makes a decision. One way or another she's going to get the old Deb back. So, at the age of forty-nine, she packs her life and her cat Polly into her Mini Cooper and heads south to a pretty seaside town in Mexico. Home is now an unassuming little house on Carnaval Street. There she struggles to learn Spanish, works out with strippers and spends her Sunday nights watching clowns. And maybe - just maybe - the magic of Mexico will finally give her what she's always dreamed of: a life on her own terms ..
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : 2014. Random House Australia,
ISBN: 9780857981103
Branch Call Number: B 646.720972 RODR
Characteristics: 362 pages ; 24 cm


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wendybradley Sep 20, 2017

This is not major literature, but it holds the reader, gives a personal view of what it was like to live through harrowing and awful war situations. She remains a wonderfully resilient woman, and yet does not soften how difficult it was for her to rebuild a new life in Mexico.

ChristchurchLib Aug 10, 2014

"After spending five years in Afghanistan and writing the bestselling The Kabul Beauty School based on her experiences, American hairdresser/author Deborah Rodriguez learned that her life and that of her 26-year-old son were in imminent danger, so they packed and left Kabul in a matter of hours. First, she stayed in California, where she suffered side effects from PTSD and became a "self-imposed prisoner." A cruise to Mexico helped her find her way, and settling in the seaside village of Mazatlan, she opened a beauty shop and started Project Mariposa to help local girls attend beauty school. In this adopted home, where she hears firecrackers instead of bullets, she creates another loving family from locals and expats but never forgets her friends in Afghanistan. Fans of her first book who'd like a more personal look at Rodriguez's life will relish her inspiring latest work." Armchair Travel August 2014 newsletter

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