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- Full Title: Purple Hibiscus
- When Written: 2001-2003
- Where Written: Eastern Connecticut State University and Johns Hopkins University
- When Published: 2003
- Literary Period: Contemporary Nigerian Literature
- Genre: Fiction
- Setting: Nigeria
- Climax: Papa’s death
- Point of View: First person limited, from Kambili’s perspective
Chinua Achebe. The great Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe was one of Adichie’s most important inspirations and influences, and when she was a child Adichie’s family even lived in Achebe’s former house. The first line of Purple Hibiscus references Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart.
Flawless Feminism. In 2012 Adichie gave a TED talk titled “We Should All Be Feminists,” discussing the problems with gender roles. Part of this talk was later sampled in Beyonce’s song “Flawless.”