Purple Hibiscus is the story of Kambili, a self-effacing teenage girl coming of age in Eastern Nigeria. Living in sheltered privilege, and at once in awe and fear of her fanatic, violent father, Kambili's world starts to fall apart after she and her brother are sent from home to briefly visit an aunt and cousins. There, they learn about love and laughter, and so return to their strict, silent home forever changed.
An exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom. Internationally acclaimed, winner of The Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Best First Book in 2005, Purple Hibiscus marked the debut of an astonishing literary talent.