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Kambili is a good student from a good home. Her life looks perfect. However, she lives under the close scrutiny of her tyrannical father. When she and her brother go to visit their aunt, their lives open up to discover that there is more to life than what their father expects from them. At the same time, their country, Nigeria, begins to unravel under a military coup. Both her family and country face major changes in the same moment. Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was among The New Yorker‘s 20 Under 40 and was nominated for both the Man Booker prize and the Orange prize for Purple Hibiscus. Read a short excerpt of this stunning debut. This is a great choice for anyone who has or will be taking a course in African history or literature.