Deborah Rodriguez – The Zanzibar Wife

A Bantam book published 2017 by Penguin Random House

This is the third novel by Deborah Rodriguez, following the very popular The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul and Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. As a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she calls on her experiences living and working in Afghanistan, though this latest story focusses on Oman and Zanzibar.

The Zanzibar Wife is a story that delves into the different belief systems of the three main female characters, American war photographer Rachel, Brit Ariana Khan and Miza (the Zanzibar wife) along with their accompanying cast. We follow them as they deal not just with adversity but one another. Elements of magic and mysticism run through the story along with some pretty gritty situations. The international success of the previous two novels testifies to the readability of the works and their capacity to engage readers with both characters and plot.

Deborah Rodriguez is also the founder of the nonprofit organisation, Oasis Rescue, ‘which aims to teach economically disadvantaged women and women in post-conflict and disaster-stricken areas, the art of hairdressing.’

I’m looking forward to chatting with her at the end of the August.