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Publisher's Summary

The limits of 15-year-old Kambili's world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her repressive and fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, and more prayer.

When Nigeria begins to fall apart during a military coup, Kambili's father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends Kambili and her brother away to live with their aunt. In this house, full of energy and laughter, she discovers life and love -  and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.

Centring on the promise of freedom and the pain and exhilaration of adolescence, Purple Hibiscus is the extraordinary debut of a remarkable new talent.

©2007 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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Well written book. Sad story.<br />

Struggled to finish this book..found it a bit depressing even though it is well written.

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  • DIanne
  • Mead, Australia
  • 12-12-15

Poignant

Hard to get started but I'm glad I persevered
A sad but poignant story of a Nigerian family controlled by the system and the family

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-18

Great story.

Really good read and keeps you hooked. Enjoyed the narration and the characters in the story.

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  • Micheal Light
  • 05-11-18

A stunning piece

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt so many emotions thru the book. I almost need a moment to let it all settle.

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  • su11y
  • 08-15-16

Excellent!

Fantastically read by Adjoa Andoh, which adds to the authenticity of the dialect used in the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-20-16

dark at times but overall a good read.

it was nice to hear African voices, even though the story was at times difficult. it was always interesting to see where the character's would go, & how their story would develop. the ending was a real surprise.

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  • Rob A
  • 03-10-16

It was a good lovely story but performance..

Narrator being Ghanaian should be able to pronounce Nigerian words better. Being Ghanaian I could.

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  • Lilian
  • 03-01-16

A very enjoyable listen

I feel as though I have spent time in the real Nigeria. Adjoa Andoh is as captivating as ever.

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  • Nitza
  • 08-29-15

Wonderful

Beautifully written. Really brought out the sternness of religious discipline. Amazing story. I loved it.

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  • Betty Cool
  • 10-22-16

A great listen

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I've read/listened to other titles by this author and I've enjoyed them all. The sound quality let's the performance down somewhat. It's starts off a little tinny in sound and I'm not sure if the sound quality ever improved or I just became so engrossed in the story that I ceased to notice it anymore.

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