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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Apr 24, 2012

really liked it

I read this because the author was a keynoter at the Festival of Faith and Writing. Fifteen year old Kambili and her mother and brother live tightly circumscribed lives under the strict rules of her wealthy, powerful father. All is not as it seems however. Kambili's life starts unraveling about the same time as Nigeria falls under a military coup. This would be a wonderful young adult discussion book -- good story, coming-of-age, Nigerian history, nuanced characters, feelings of love and hate for the same person - all described with beautiful writing. Check out the author's TED talk at ted.com. Pretty cool.
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