Purple Hibiscus

by Chimimanda NGozi Adichie Year Published: 2003

Fifteen year old Kambili lives in fear of her father, a charismatic yet violent Catholic patriarch. Escape and discovery of new, liberated way of life come when Nigeria is shaken by military coup, forcing Kambili and her brother to live at their aunt's home, a noisy place full of laughter. The visit will lift the silence from her world and in time, unlock a terrible, bruising secret at the heart of the family life.