Purple Hibiscus

I was far too late to read this for the Free Press Book Club, but just finished Purple Hibiscus. One benefit of the book club is that I’m encouraged to try books that I wouldn’t normally read. Purple Hibiscus fits that bill. It’s a story about abuse of a family by a fanatically christian father, and how the family escape. It’s set in Nigeria and the description of the food and the family traditions are really interesting. Overall it was disturbing, and because it was believable, probably more disturbing than many books I’ve read that set out to disturb.


“Purple Hibiscus” (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)