Little Bee

By Chris Cleave
(Large Print Press, Paperback, Large Print, 9781594134975, 447pp.)

Publication Date: May 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback, Audio Cassette

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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
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


Description
Since Cleave's Incendiary which envisioned a London Tube bombing was published on the day the actual bombing occurred one wonders what secrets lie coiled within this portrait of an illegal Nigerian immigrant and the English housewife she once met on an African beach



NPR
Thursday, Dec 3, 2009

Correspondent Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for the season's best books from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Daniel Goldin and Lucia Silva. Their selections include comics about philosophy, novels about building families, and a box set that dives into the process of writing. More at NPR.org

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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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