By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565123878, 307pp.)
Publication Date: October 2003
But everything changes once Kambili and Jaja visit Aunty Ifeoma outside the city. For the first time they experience freedom from their papa. Jaja learns to garden and work with his hands, and Kambili secretly falls in love with a young, charismatic priest.
As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, tension within the family escalates. And shy Kambili must find the strength to keep her family together after her mother commits a desperate act.
"Purple Hibiscus" is a stunning debut that captures the fragile beauty of a young woman's awakening at a time when both country and family are on the cusp of change.