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Guardian & Observer reviews
Shortlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize, this is a haunting tale of Africa and an adolescence undergoing tremendous changes. It will appeal to fans of Alice Walker and J.M. Coetzee. "Political brutality and domestic violence, religion and witchcraft all merge with subtle force in this memorable novel" Hugo Hamilton
The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili's world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, prayer.