Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

purple hibiscusTo the outside world, fifteen-year-old Kambili’s family is perfect, but behind closed doors her wealthy, religious father is a fanatical tyrant.  With the threat of a military coup looming, Kambili and her brother are sent to live with their aunt, a college professor, and they soon discover independence and defiance that will be hard to shake once back in their father’s shadow.

“She seemed so happy, so at peace, and I wondered how anybody around me could feel that way when liquid fire was raging inside me, when fear was mingling with hope and clutching itself around my ankles.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of three novels — Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah — and one short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck.  Born in Nigeria, she now divides her time between there and the United States.

Published:  2005
Length:  307 pages
Set in:  Nigeria



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