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Read This Book: Little Bee

2009’s Little Bee by Chris Cleave is a brutal account of a female adolescent Nigerian refugee and her escape to England. Discovered aboard an ocean vessel during her escape from the deadly country, Little Bee is held in a deplorable detention center where the women have to go so far as to complete a series of paperwork to obtain a sanitary napkin.

Upon her release from the detention center, Little Bee traverses England in hopes of finding a journalist couple she met on a Nigerian beach while the couple was attempting to repair a rapidly disintegrating marriage. Her only hope, Little Bee reaches the family as their own tragedy comes into their lives.

Cleave’s well-written novel keeps you wanting more all while saddening you, inspiring you and making you think on a global level. This moving tale of Little Bee is interspersed with humor, and human horror, all of which engages the reader.

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One thought on “Read This Book: Little Bee

  1. This is a beautiful but gut-wrenching story about the extraordinary power of humanity.

    Interestingly published in the UK under the title “The Other Hand”.

    Posted by loustar02 | May 9, 2011, 10:24 am

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