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The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili's world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, prayer.When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili's father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends her to live with her aunt. In this house, noisy and full of laughter, she discovers life and love - and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.This extraordinary debut novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of `Half of a Yellow Sun', is about the blurred lines between the old gods and the new, childhood and adulthood, love and hatred - the grey spaces in which truths are revealed and real life is lived.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismFiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 27/01/2005 ISBN-13: 9780007189885  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novel `Purple Hibiscus' was published in 2003 and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her second novel `Half of a Yellow Sun' won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her short story collection, `The Thing Around Your Neck', was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review. She won a MacArthur `genius' grant in 2009, and in 2010 appeared on the New Yorker's list of the best 20 writers under 40. Her third novel, `Americanah', was published to widespread critical acclaim in 2013. She lives in Nigeria.

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In Purple Hibsicus we follow Kambili's life as the fifteen-year-old daughter of a deeply religious father, who sets extremely rigid rules in the household in the name of God. When invited to spend the holidays at her aunt's house, Kambili and her brother are faced with a reality they never knew existed, one full of colour, laughter and warmth. With this debut Adichie shows us the heart-breaking reality of fanaticism and fundamentalism, its violent nature and the strength and silence involved in surviving in this environment. But she also offers love, hope and freedom, making this a story that will stay with you for a long time after you have finished the book.

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Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 23/12/2016

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