Little Bee

By Chris Cleave
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781416589648, 304pp.)

Publication Date: February 16, 2010

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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
The lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British woman collide in this page-turning #1 "New York Times "bestseller and book club favorite from Chris Cleave.
We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn't. And it's what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.



About the Author
Chris Cleave is the author of "Incendiary" and the #1 "New York Times "bestseller "Little Bee". He lives with his wife and three children in Kingston-upon-Thames, England. Visit him at ChrisCleave.com or on Twitter @ChrisCleave.


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  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?  

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