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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2003

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Purple Hibiscus

  • Genre: Fiction; historical
  • Originally Published: 2003
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 920L; grades 9-12; college/adult
  • Structure/Length: 4 parts; approx. 307 pages; approx. 11 hours on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Fifteen-year-old Kambili Achike lives in pre-civil war Nigeria in the 1960s; she must weather not only the political turmoil of her nation but also the physical and emotional abuse from her controlling father at home.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Physical and emotional abuse of family members; race and gender conflicts

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author

  • Bio: Born in 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria; lost family members and family possessions during the Nigerian Civil War; attended the University of Nigeria before arriving in the US to study at Drexel University in Philadelphia and the Eastern Connecticut State University; later attended Johns Hopkins University for creative writing; awarded 16 honorary degrees from prestigious colleges and universities and earned the Macarthur Fellowship “Genius grant” honor (2008); inspired and influenced by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe; has given several TEDx talks on cultural understating, feminism, and the influence of background and history on individuals
  • Other Works: Half of a Yellow Sun (2006); Americanah (2013); We Should All Be Feminists (2014)
  • Awards: Hearst-Wright Legacy Award (2004); Commonwealth Writers Prize (2005)

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