The limits of 15-year-old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls and frangani trees of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili’s father sends her to live with her aunt. There, she discovers life and love – and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.
Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Paperback: 319 pages
Publisher: 4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
2004 Man Booker Prize - Longlist; 2004 Bailey’s Women’s Prize
for Fiction - Shortlist
“Adichie has an enviable mastery of narrative composition. Her characters are vivid. Her pacing is excellent. She has a keen sense of irony … Into her enthralling tale Adichie weaves complex themes … The result is a story which is racy but complex and stimulating. It grips the reader from start to finish. I could not put it down.” – Irish Times
“One of the finest debut novels of recent years, a complex and compelling account of a 15-year-old girl’s sexual awakening and religious oppression… It is a novel as revealing as Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, and as punchy and characterful as Monica Ali’s Brick Lane.” – Evening Standard
“This is a novel that brings you into the heart of private passions. But it is also a novel that strays into political waters and does so with some subtlety.” – Natasha Walter, Vogue
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