Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Publication Date: 2012-04-17
  • Genre: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 167 Ratings)

Book Overview

“One of the most vital and original novelists of her generation.” —Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker

From the bestselling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists

Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home—a home that is silent and suffocating.

As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father’s authority. Books cram the shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousins’ laughter rings throughout the house. When they return home, tensions within the family escalate, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together.

Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.

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Users Reviews

  • Loved it

    By Afro Ceecee
  • Very heart stopping

    By Kike_0718
    This book has all different types of feelings into just one book. As well it is a type of book that you can be able to read, and hopefully be able to relate to. Even though it's not Lil your regular life, it still has types of problems that you have to be able to face. It's the kind of book that you don't want to put down.
  • Bittersweet story

    By Titi Alwiye
    As a young girl from an african home, I see this book as most relatable. The pressures our parents exert on us and the extreme measures they apply to bring out the best in us someone's just makes us weak. I was a bit sad at the end but it's not a perfect story if its all happy endings .
  • A Must Read

    By Traci%31%
    A very captivating, illuminating and compelling story. It keeps you glued right from the first sentence
  • Stunning/ Spellbinding

    By Word Lover 70
    Lyrically written; vivid imagery; sensitive in revealing horrific truths of what goes on behind closed doors. Each page moves the reader to hungrily want more! Stunning and spellbinding!