Purple Hibiscus


Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

9780007189885 | PB | pp. 320 | 2017 | Fourth Estate

Purple Hibiscus tells the story of a girl who experiences life in two different families her own and her aunt’s, both poles apart. A tale of life, love and a terrible, bruising secret in her family.

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A haunting tale of an Africa and an adolescence undergoing tremendous changes by a talented young Nigerian writer.

The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her repressive and fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, and more prayer.

When Nigeria begins to fall apart during a military coup, Kambili’s father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends Kambili and her brother away to live with their aunt. In this house, full of energy and laughter, she discovers life and love – and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.

Centring on the promise of freedom and the pain and exhilaration of adolescence, Purple Hibiscus is the extraordinary debut of a remarkable new talent.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie




Fourth Estate





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United Kingdom

About the Author

The author is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She divides her time between the United States and Nigeria. Her book Purple Hibiscus, was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her novel Americanah, published in 2013, was recipient of numerous awards.


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