Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Richly evocative of the heat, both intoxicating and oppressive, of Nigeria, Adichie’s profoundly affecting coming-of-age tale brings its protagonist Kambili out from the destructive influence of a fanatical father and into a world of love and laughter with her aunt. Lyrical, compassionate and nuanced, Purple Hibiscus finds a towering contemporary writer at the peak of her powers.
The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili's world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, prayer.
When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili's father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends her to live with her aunt. In this house, noisy and full of laughter, she discovers life and love - and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.
This extraordinary debut novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of 'Half of a Yellow Sun', is about the blurred lines between the old gods and the new, childhood and adulthood, love and hatred - the grey spaces in which truths are revealed and real life is lived.
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm