SWEDISH HEAVEN , watercolor

Swedish Heaven, watercolor, 14x20 (36x51 cm.)

I recently read PURPLE HIBISCUS, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian wonderful writer. It is the story of a 15 year old girl, Kambili, who lives in fear of her father, a charismatic yet violent  patriarch. He is well respected in the community, yet he is fanatically religious, repressive, and abusive at home. Discovery of a new way of life, for her and her brother Jaja, comes when they are forced to live at their aunt's home, a noisy place full of laughter. Laughter? They had not known laughter before. Beautiful story! A page turner! I highly recommend it.