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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel by [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in numerous publications. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year; and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck, which was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Her latest novel Americanah, was published around the world in 2013, and has received numerous accolades, including winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and being named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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"One of the best novels to come out of Africa in years."--The Baltimore Sun
“A breathtaking debut. . .[Adichie] is very much the 21st-century daughter of that other great Igbo novelist, Chinua Achebe.”–
The Washington Post Book World

"The author's straightforward prose captures the tragic riddle of a man who has made an unquestionably positive contribution to the lives of strangers while abandoning the needs of those who are closest to him."–The New York Times Book Review

"At once the portrait of a country and a family, of terrible choices and the tremulous pleasure of an odd, rare purple hibiscus blooming amid a conforming sea of red ones"--San Francisco Chronicle

“Prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes. . . . Adichie's understanding of a young girl's heart is so acute that her story ultimately rises above its setting and makes her little part of Nigeria seem as close and vivid as Eudora Welty's Mississippi.”–The Boston Globe
 
"Adichie renders this coming-of-age story beautifully. Every character has dimension; every description resonates like cello music. . . . [Her] strong, lyrical voice earns her a place on the shelf squarely next to Gabriel Garc’a M‡rquez and Alex Haley and Chinua Achebe." --
San Diego Union-Tribune
 
"A fiction writer’s job is to create a world so detailed, evocative and emotionally true that, like Alice, you fall into it. Adichie does exactly that, placing among the frangipani trees and bougainvillea of her native country a family demoralized and degraded by a father’s cruelty. Amazing.” --
The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[A] splendid debut.” —
Vanity Fair
 
"Stunning. . . .With
Purple Hibiscus, Adichie has established herself as a writer of enormous promise and with important stories to tell." --Bust
 
“Remarkable. Kambili’s voice is sensitive and unassuming. It is also, by turns, funny, full of young and passionate longing, and crushingly sad. In addition to its lovely, spare writing and complex characters, [
Purple Hibiscus] has a swift, seamless story line and makes politically tumultuous and intricately textured Nigeria completely accessible. [Adichie is] a budding star on the rise." --The Hartford Courant
 
"A sensitive and touching story of a child exposed too early to religious intolerance and the uglier side of the Nigerian state." --J. M. Coetzee
 
"Adichie writes with subtlety and cleanliness. Her hushed tone and economy of words invoke a wise calm, and the inclusion of animals, flowers and trees as characters suggests a connectedness with the Earth and its forces that gives the narrative a romance and African sensibility. Elegant turns of phrase thrive throughout the work, along with a thousand themes.” --
Black Issues Book Review

"A remarkably original debut, at once seductive, tender, and true. . . .
Purple Hibiscus is the best debut I've read since Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things." --Jason Cowley, The Times (London) journalist and literary editor of New Statesman 

"[A] wonderful debut. . . . Adichie skillfully blends the traditional story-as-parable approach with the more . . . introspective Western approach to novel writing. . . .
Purple Hibiscus is more than entertainment. It is political satire and a call for change for a nation smothering under a lack of free speech." --San Antonio Express-News
 
“A novel of tragic beauty and exquisite tension. . . . A monumental literary achievement and a heartfelt prayer for Nigeria.” --Jervey Tervalon, author of
Dead Above Ground and Understand This

“Radiant. . . . It takes an incredible talent to write knowingly about adolescent turmoil, the cultural ties that bind generations and the demanding forces that shape our lives. Adichie . . . possesses this genius. . . . Kambili’s story could be recreated anywhere, but not with the same intensity Adichie brings to this breathtaking novel.” —
The Sanford Herald (Sanford, North Carolina)

“A heartfelt novel that sheds dramatic light on the ugly truths of family violence. Adichie has wrested moments of pure beauty and grace out of the siblings' quiet rebellion.” --
Time Out New York

“Replete with beauty and horror, Adichie’s novel of self-hatred, fear and family, with its political/allegorical overtones, is a moving, sometimes breathtaking debut.” —
Herald Sunday (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)

“Vivid, authoritative, and true to the experiences of a teenage girl in contemporary middle-class Nigeria. Kambili’s plainspoken narration adds texture to the novel. [Adichie is a] writer to watch.” --
Boston Phoenix --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00B78AIV0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Algonquin Books; 1st edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 17, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1085 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 321 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1616202416
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE's work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker and Granta. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize; Americanah, which won the NBCC Award and was a New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year; the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck; and the essay We Should All Be Feminists. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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