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.