Little Bee

By Chris Cleave; Anne Flosnik (Narrator)
(Tantor Media, MP3 CD, 9781400161713)

Publication Date: April 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Compact Disc, Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Audio Cassette

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2009 Indie Next List
“Little Bee -- this novel's small but powerful narrator -- begins her story as a Nigerian refugee in England who is looking for a British couple whom she met during a horrific episode in Nigeria -- a moment that unleashes a chain of events that will make you smile, cry, think, and, ultimately, pray for the best in humanity to win.”
-- Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2010 Indie Next List
“This stunning and compassionate novel brings faraway places near and makes incredible experiences real. From London to Nigeria, you'll grip the book tightly in your hands and hold its characters close to your heart: a young girl, a tormented idealistic journalist, and a fearless mother whose pierce love is a wonder.”
-- Mark David Bradshaw, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '10 Reading Group List
“This is one of the few books I've read that I couldn't put down. The story is brilliant and powerful. The two main characters are Little Bee, a Nigerian refugee, and Sarah, an British magazine editor whose life is thrown into turmoil by Little Bee's arrival. With some incredible ruminations on immigration, grief, and the human spirit, Chris Cleave weaves a story you will never forget.”
-- Stephanie Walker, The Boulder Book Store, Boulder, CO


Description

From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers-one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.




About the Author

Chris Cleave is a columnist for the Guardian newspaper in London. His first novel, Incendiary, was published in twenty countries, won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, won the United States Book-of-the-Month Club's First Fiction Award, and won the Prix Special du Jury at the French Prix des Lecteurs 2007. He lives in London with his wife and two children. Anne Flosnik is an accomplished, multi-award-winning British actress, with lead credits for stage, television, commercials, industrials, voice-overs, and audiobooks. Anne has garnered three AudioFile Earphones Awards, an ALA Award, and four Audie Award nominations. Her narration of Little Bee by Chris Cleave was chosen as one of the Best Audiobooks of the Year 2009 by AudioFile magazine and one of the Top 40 Best Audiobooks of 2009 by Library Journal.




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Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

  1. "Sad words are just another beauty. A sad story means, this storyteller is alive" (p. 9). For Little Bee and other asylum seekers, the story of their life thus far is often all they have. What happens to the characters that carry their stories with them, both physically and mentally? What happens when we try to forget our past? How much control over their own stories do the characters in the book seem to have?  




Praise For Little Bee

"[Cleave] has a sharp cinematic eye, and humanizes disturbing issues around refugees and the situation in Africa." ---Publishers Weekly

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