Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a 2003 O Henry Prize winner, and was shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing and the 2004 Orange Prize. In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father's expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family. But a military coup brings new tension to Nigeria and her home, and Kambili wonders if her dreams will ever be fulfilled. Adichie's striking and poetic language reveals a land and a family full of strife, but fighting to survive. A rich narration by South African native Lisette Lecat perfectly complements this inspiring tale.
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by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
by Nadine Gordimer
by Alexander McCall Smith
by Elinor Sisulu
by Nancy Farmer
by Alexandra Fuller
"Although a fifteen-year-old girl in Nigeria lives a privileged life, she is threatened by an abusive father and the threat of a military coup. Lisette Lecat does not narrate this audiobook as much as she casts a spell. Her lilting British-accented voice evokes Nigeria's colonialist past, and her adroitness with the Ibo-speaking characters clearly places us in another culture. Overall, her ability to imbue each character with a distinct vocal personality makes this a stunning performance. There is both beauty and horror in this tale of modern Africa, and Lecat ensures this work will linger in the listener's memory. P.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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