PUR­PLE HI­BIS­CUS

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Fif­teen-year-old Kam­bili and her older brother Jaja lead a priv­i­leged life in Enugu, Nige­ria. They live in a beau­ti­ful house, with a car­ing fam­ily, and at­tend an ex­clu­sive mis­sion­ary school. They’re com­pletely shielded from the trou­bles of the world. Yet, as Kam­bili re­veals in her ten­der­voiced ac­count, things are less per­fect than they ap­pear. Although her Papa is gen­er­ous and well re­spected, he is fa­nat­i­cally re­li­gious and tyran­ni­cal at home-a home that is si­lent and suf­fo­cat­ing. As the coun­try be­gins to fall apart un­der a mil­i­tary coup, Kam­bili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a univer­sity pro­fes­sor out­side the city, where they dis­cover a life be­yond the confines of their fa­ther’s author­ity. Books cram the shelves, curry and nut­meg per­me­ate the air, and their cousins’ laugh­ter rings through­out the house. When they re­turn home, ten­sions within the fam­ily es­ca­late, and Kam­bili must find the strength to keep her loved ones to­gether.

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