Purple Hibiscus

cover of book Purple HibiscusBook Title & Author:
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Why do you think the LSSU Campus should read this book? How will it build community? start conversations? encourage social engagement? empower critical thinking? Will it inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme?
I read this in my IB english class senior year of high school. I think it would be a good novel to promote a conversation about stereotypes about “third world countries”. The author of the book has a TED Talk she did that also could be a useful resource and has a powerful message, called “The Dangers of a Single Story”. This is a very moving novel and I think it would be an excellent choice.

Description from publisher’s site:
“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 tender-voiced 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.
Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.”

Additional Information: This book is available in both audio and Kindle formats.  It is being used as a common read at Chesapeake College.

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