This article by Jodie Shupac was published in the September 10, 2015 issue of The Canadian Jewish News.
Foreign correspondent Heidi Kingstone has spent much of her career pursuing stories in politically charged and war-torn countries. Her recent memoir and first book, however, is not so much journalistic as it is what Kingstone called an “impressionistic and atmospheric” account of the period she spent living and working in Afghanistan, from 2007 to 2011.
Dispatches from the Kabul Café (2014) touches on the complex politics of the region during the final years of the NATOled security mission in Afghanistan, but is essentially a collection of vignettes illuminating
Kingstone’s personal impressions of, and experiences in, Afghanistan, as well as those recalled to her by fellow western expats and a few Afghan locals.