Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave



With Little Bee, author Chris Cleave has created a character that no reader will easily forget.  Wry, funny, scarred, proud, hopeful, Little Bee is a refugee with a new name but an old story.  I almost do not know how to describe this book.  After a chance and nightmarish encounter on a beach, the lives of a vacationing British couple and a hunted Nigerian girl are forever linked.  

While the couple, Andrew and Sarah, return to England and try to reclaim their lives, Little Bee escapes to England to try and build a life.  Yet, things thought buried have a way of returning and Little Bee and Sarah find themselves working together to form a life in the aftermath of horror. 

This book is tragic, it is beautiful, it is funny and it is frustrating.  It is not what I expected but I very much enjoyed it.  Through the tragedy, there are glimmers of hope for the future, particularly in the form of a 4 year-old superhero.  You will have to read the book to figure that one out!

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