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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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May 17, 2007

really liked it
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Read in April, 2006

This is a fantastic debut novel by a young Nigerian-born writer. This is a YA novel, but has very heavy material. Kambili is a 15 year old Nigerian girl born into privelege in her war torn country; however, her life is not what it seems. Her father, a wealthy business man and philanthropist, is also an abusive tyrant. The juxtaposition of the wealth of the ruling class and the abject poverty of the masses is paralled by the two faces of the family. The writing is beatiful and vivid. Because it paints the picture of family violence against the background of strife in Nigeria this book transcends the usual YA abused family genre. Although I wished I had a pronunciation key/glossary for all the Igbo words in the book, I would highly recommend this. It is painful and brilliant. This would be a great book for any type of book club/discussion and would especially make a great companion for Things Fall Apart.
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