I finally have some time to pick up a book and this cold front is the perfect excuse to catch up on some reading.
I’m more of a non fiction type of girl but being in a newsroom most of the day has me looking for any kind of escape from reality. My new read is debut novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus.
“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.”
Although I’m generally very hesitant to read books by African writers who spend most of their time off the continent, I have very high hopes for this one. Not only cause I’m buying to into the hype but also cause one has to believe in some thing, right?
The book retails for about R150 and has received a couple of awards and raving reviews from The Guardian, Daily Main, Vogue and basically all the Times newspapers around the world. So if you’re looking for something to cuddle up with this winter go get yourself a copy and we’ll compare notes end of the month.