Purple Hibiscus

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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.

Product Details

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Paperback: 319 pages

Publisher: 4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Prizes: 2004 Man Booker Prize - Longlist; 2004 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction - Shortlist

ISBN: 978-0007189885


“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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