Year 12, Book 74

74. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Fifteen year old Kambili lives in Nigeria under the stern and often abusive rule of her father, who is a powerful man in the local Catholic church. When political turmoil in Nigeria puts her family in danger, she and her older brother are sent to live for a time with her aunt and cousins in another part of the country. There they escape the iron fist of their father and begin to learn there is another way to live before they are abruptly yanked back into the turmoil of their life at home.

This was a really good book that brings up a lot of interesting questions about faith, family, and what it means to be a good person. It definitely left me with a lot to think about and gave a lot of fodder for our book club conversation. I give it a 7 out of 10.


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