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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Sep 24, 11

bookshelves: 2010-reads, african, fiction, nigerian-literature, poc-author, 2011-reads, female-author
Read in October, 2010

I was really impressed by this book. Adichie creates a palpable sense of dread in her depiction of a family burdened by abuse, evoking an empathetic response from the reader through her writing techniques (as well as the expected sympathetic response that the plot elicits).

The abusive father in her book is monstrous without being flattened out into a monster, and the characterizations of the other family members--both in their responses to his abuse and in and of themselves--are equally nuanced.
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