Title: Purple Hibiscus
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 336
Rating: 4/5

This is the story of a bit of an unhappy family, where the father is a religious tyrant, and how this family unravels and reforms itsself after Nigeria falls under a military coup.

If you know me and have been following me for a while, you will know that Adichie is one of my favorite authors and this is the fourth book by her I've read (which means I've read everything she's published and must now wait in eager anticipation for her to bring out something else).

This is the authors first novel and in some ways, you can tell. I found it a bit halting in the beginning, a bit underwhelming, but when I got more into it, I got the feeling that it was meant to be that way. It starts off seeming not half bad, skirting around the edges of the truth, before it hits you right in your face.

I found our main characters to be utterly fascinating and strangely relatable, which is one of my favorite things about Adichie's work. The people feel real, and this is something to admire, as it's quite rare that I get such a vivid sense of reality from anyones books.

Although this is not my favorite book by Adichie, as I think Americanah will always hold that place, this was wonderful. It captures life the way that it is - with pain and love, innocence and growing up - ambiguous in a lot of ways.
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