Published in the United States in February 2009, Chris Cleave’s incandescent novel, Little Bee, was an instant favorite with readers (including ours!), a New York Times bestseller, and praise poured in from booksellers and critics alike.
Little Bee tells the story of a young Nigerian girl, Little Bee, a refugee from the internecine tribal oil wars of her country, who has fled to England in order to survive. The story is told in two alternating and distinct voices, Little Bee’s carefully acquired Queen’s English, laden with observational wit, and the more ironic voice of Sarah, an Englishwoman whose destiny is inextricably linked to this young African girl’s. Cleave deftly combines humor with pathos in this timely tale of friendship, national identity, responsibility, grief, and redemption. With this entertaining, poignant, and thought-provoking novel, Chris Cleave has crafted a story about many things, both large and small: the plight of refugees, the quiet violence of selfishness, the last vestiges of hope in a grueling world, and the dilemma of being human.
“Stunning” – People (Four Stars and a People Pick)
“…[an] immensely readable and moving second novel… The character and voice of ‘Little Bee’ reveals Cleave at his finest… An affecting story of human triumph.” – New York Times Book Review
“‘Little Bee’ will blow you away… In restrained, diamond-hard prose, Cleave alternates between these two characters’ points of view as he pulls the threads of their dark – but often funny – story tight. What unfolds between them…is both surprising and inevitable, thoroughly satisfying if also heart-rending.” – Washington Post
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