Fifteen-year-old Kambili's world is circumscribed by the high walls of her family compound and the frangipani trees she can see from her bedroom window. Her wealthy Catholic father, although generous and well-respected, is repressive and fanatically religious. Her life is lived under his shadow and regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, and more prayer. When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili's father, involved in mysterious ways with the unfolding political crisis, sends Kambili and her brother away to their aunt's. The house is noisy and full of laughter. Here she discovers love and a life beyond the confines of her father's authority.
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION. WINNER OF THE COMMONWEALTH WRITERS' PRIZE......AN INTOXICATING STORY THAT IS AT ONCE DISTINCTIVELY FEMININE........VIOLENT CATHOLIC PATRIARCH, MILITARY COUP, .....Review:
A beautiful and often harrowing story. --The Observer
Deceptively simple in outline, Adichie's limpidly narrated novel is rich in domestic detail and quietly emotional symbolism. --The Sunday Times
Perceptive characterisation and an evocative portrayal of a fast-changing country, mark this Orange-shortlisted novel out from the crowd. --The Guardian
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