Kate's Reviews > Purple Hibiscus
Kambili has spent her entire life under the thumb of her domineering Papa. The public man is a devout pillar of the Catholic church, the wealthy owner numerous businesses, and the courageous publisher of a newspaper known for standing up to the autocratic government. The private man is an often abusive control freak who demands perfection from his two teenage children and wife. Adichie is quite skillful in setting the scene, you can practically smell the flowers and taste the food. You can also feel Kambili's dread when she has to present her father with a disappointing report card. The foreboding builds throughout the book, even when Kambili and her older brother Jaja mange to temporarily escape the home compound to stay with their more permissive Aunt in a nearby city. But the Aunt is considering emigration to America and Papa is under increasing pressure from the government as the political situation worsens. Something horrible is bound to happen. I was actually surprised by the resolution.
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