Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Kambili’s world is circumscribed by the high walls of her
family compound and the frangipani trees she can see from her bedroom
window. Her wealthy Catholic father, although generous and well-respected
in the community, is repressed and fanatically religious at home.
Confined by strict rules and a schedule which revolves around prayer,
sleep, study and more prayer, she lives in fear of her father’s
begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili’s father,
involved with the unfolding political crisis, sends Kambili and
her brother away to their aunt’s. The house is noisy and full
of laughter and she finally discovers a life – dangerous and
heathen – beyond the confines of her father’s authority.
The visit will lift the silence from her world and, in time, reveal
a terrible, bruising secret at the heart of her family life.
of the best novels to come out of Africa in years’ The
beautiful and often harrowing story’ Noreena Hertz The
characterisation and an evocative portrayal of a fast-changing country,
mark this Orange-shortlisted novel out from the crowd.’ The
Ngozi Adichie was born and grew up in Nigeria. Purple Hibiscus
was her first novel and was shortlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize
for Fiction and longlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. Her second
novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the 2007 Orange Broadband
Prize for Fiction.
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