Purple Hibiscus: A Novel

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Anchor Books, 2004 - Fiction - 307 pages
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Fifteen-year-old Kambili's world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound. Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home.

When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili's father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a University professor, whose house is noisy and full of laughter. There, Kambili and her brother discover a life and love beyond the confines of their father's authority. The visit will lift the silence from their world and, in time, give rise to devotion and defiance that reveal themselves in profound and unexpected ways. This is a book about the promise of freedom; about the blurred lines between childhood and adulthood; between love and hatred, between the old gods and the new. 

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A lovely piece of storytelling. - LibraryThing
The ending was sad and shocking. - LibraryThing
An excellent insight into Nigeria too. - LibraryThing
And what craftsmanship in the writing! - LibraryThing
Gave me a great insight in Nigerian culture. - LibraryThing

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The words "beautiful", "touching", "amazing", "wonderful" and "enjoyable" don't even come close to describing this book. I think the only word I can find to describe it is "real", which doesn't at all ... Read full review

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How does anyone ever trust the pillars of the community when it's such a cliché? This is a powerful depiction of a girl stunted by growing up under an abusively controllling father. And of the effects ... Read full review


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About the author (2004)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria, where she attended medical school for two years at the University of Nigeria before coming to the United States. A 2003 O. Henry Prize winner, Adichie was shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, and has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and the Iowa Review. She now divides her time between the U.S. and Nigeria.

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