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Purple Hibiscus

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Purple Hibiscus By Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieBased in Nigeria, 15 year old Kambili is desperately trying to keep her head above water, alternating between tip-toeing around her father and trying her hardest to make him proud (and keep him happy). Kambili is different to most girls her age in Nigeria, and even her cousin thinks that she is a stuck up snob with everything she can wish for from her big-shot father.

The truth of the matter is, Kambili is just plain terrified, and her family life is not what its cracked up to be. Whilst the whole community is in awe of her father and his godly, almost angelic ways of helping out the community, Kambili, her brother Jaja and her mother live every day in fear that they might upset him; just putting just one foot wrong in the eyes of their father (and husband), Eugine (or papa as Kambili and Jaja call him!) causes him to erupt with such force that they are left shaken for days.

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