In answer to the question of what happened following her New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School, Deborah Rodriquez is back with a new memoir: “a brave and often hilarious tale of reinvention, told with pioneer woman brio and wicked humor” (Wendy Lawless, bestselling author of Chanel Bonfire).
Irreverent, insightful, and blatantly honest, Deborah takes us along on her inspiring journey of self-discovery and renewal after she is forced to flee Afghanistan in 2007. She first lands in California, where she feels like a misfit teetering on the brink of sanity. Where was that fearless redhead who stared danger in the face back in Kabul?
After being advised to commune with glowworms and sit in contemplation for one year, Rodriguez finally packs her life and her cat into her Mini Cooper and moves to a seaside town in Mexico. Despite having no plan, no friends, and no Spanish speaking skills, a determined Rodriguez soon finds herself swept up in a world where the music never stops and a new life can begin. Her adventures and misadventures among the expats and locals help lead the way to new love, new family, and a new sense of herself.
In the magic of Mexico, she finds the hairdresser within, and builds the life she never knew was possible—a life on her own terms.
Following her forced evacuation from Afghanistan in 2007, Rodriguez (Kabul Beauty School) found herself unmoored and without a life plan. Initially she landed in Napa, Calif., moving to a secluded mountaintop with a male friend. The once exuberant, outspoken middle-aged, adventure-seeking hairdresser found herself unable to settle down and find work: "I was an unemployed drama queen without a script. What I needed was to feel alive. I probably should have been on meds." Instead, following a cruise to Mexico, she purchased a small house in the Mexican resort city of Mazatl n and began rebuilding her life. Her once wayward son came to live with her, and there he met a local woman, married her, and had a child. Rodriguez opened a salon providing manicures and pedicures and soon found herself again immersed in the hair business as she did in Kabul. Seeking a way to help young women become independent and self-supporting, Rodriguez established Project Mariposa, providing funding for girls to attend beauty school. Fans of Rodriguez's brash and honest tone will thoroughly enjoy this next installment in her remarkable story.