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Purple hibiscus [GRPL Book Club] : a novel / by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Purple hibiscus [GRPL Book Club] : a novel

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  • ISBN: 9781400076949 :
  • Physical Description: 307 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2004.

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General Note: If you would like to request available book club copies, please call 988-5400.
Summary, etc.: "Purple Hibiscus, Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's debut, begins like many novels set in regions considered exotic by the western reader: the politics, climate, social customs, and, above all, food of Nigeria (balls of fufu rolled between the fingers, okpa bought from roadside vendors) unfold like the purple hibiscus of the title, rare and fascinating. But within a few pages, these details, however vividly rendered, melt into the background of a larger, more compelling story of a joyless family. Fifteen-year-old Kambili is the dutiful and self-effacing daughter of a rich man, a religious fanatic and domestic tyrant whose public image is of a politically courageous newspaper publisher and philanthropist. No one in Papa's ancestral village, where he is titled "Omelora" (One Who Does For the Community), knows why Kambili¹s brother cannot move one of his fingers, nor why her mother keeps losing her pregnancies. When a widowed aunt takes an interest in Kambili, her family begins to unravel and re-form itself in unpredictable ways."--Regina Marler.
Awards Note: Winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; a Black Issues Book Review book of the year; a San Francisco Chronicle book of the year.
Subject: Teenage girls > Fiction.
Children of the rich > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Fathers and daughters > Fiction.
Religious fanaticism > Fiction.
Coups d'etat > Fiction.
Nigeria > Fiction.
Aunts > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Love stories.

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