Purple Hibiscus, set in Nigeria, is a dark yet beautifully written novel about the seemingly ideal lives of fifteen year old Kambili, her older brother Jaja, their softly spoken mother, and their wealthy and respected father. Everything appears to be perfect on the surface to outsiders but behind closed doors...
The Denver Post called him the Father of African Literature and quoted African scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah as saying that he didn't just influence African literature, he invented it. Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author, poet, and professor, passed away last Thursday in Boston.
Achebe was critical of the portrayal of African people and civilization in Western literature as barbaric or inarticulate, and worked to change this false perception through his own works and through the founding of Okike, a Nigerian literary magazine. He was active in Nigerian politics and government, sometimes at the risk of his own safety. He was awarded The Man Booker International Prize in 2007.
Here is a sampling of his titles available through Denver Public Library: