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.

Quote:
“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.”

Author:
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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