aunts, brothers and sisters, children of the rich, coups d'etat, fathers and daughters, Nigeria, religious fanaticism, teenage girls
This is the first novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who went on to write the bestselling books Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists. Purple Hibiscus is the story of a religious family in Nigeria, narrated by teenage daughter Kambili. Kambili witnesses many changes in her country while also dealing with issues at home, particularly her abusive, overbearing father. This is a beautifully written, powerful coming-of-age story.
“Breathtaking . . . Adichie is very much the twenty-first-century daughter of that other great Igbo novelist, Chinua Achebe.” —The Washington Post Book World
“The author’s straightforward prose captures the tragic riddle of a man who has made an unquestionably positive contribution to the lives of strangers while abandoning the needs of those who are closest to him.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes . . . Adichie’s understanding of a young girl’s heart is so acute that her story ultimately rises above its setting and makes her little part of Nigeria seem as close and vivid as Eudora Welty’s Mississippi.” —The Boston Globe