julieb43, May 25, 2013 (view all comments by julieb43)
A beautifully written novel focusing on a young woman's attempts to escape her painful past. Little Bee is an engaging and sympathetic character, a young Nigerian who has lost everything in her native country. Sarah, the Englishwoman fate introduces to her is somewhat flaky but ultimately proves to be a good friend to Little Bee. The story of these two women from such different worlds coming together is a joy to read. The difficult issue of refugees is woven throughout the novel and awakens the reader to the horrors these individuals endure. The novel never gets bogged down though because the story and characters are so interesting.
Katherine L Miller, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Katherine L Miller)
This novel is harrowing and well written, calling attention to the confusing and complicated interplay between international business, dictatorships and immigration; and illuminating the human response to the possible by adding elements of profound grief, mental illness and childhood.
Cecil, January 29, 2012 (view all comments by Cecil)
I loved everything about this book. The writing was incredible, the story was compelling, the characters were amazing. I felt like I knew them -- or wanted to.
Simon & Schuster -
Little Bee is a Nigerian native who escapes horrific violence in her own land and flees to the UK in search of the English couple who inadvertently witnessed the pinnacle of her abuse. Chris Cleave creates a memorable character study here. Little Bee is a wonderful mix of wisdom, strength, sorrow, determination, and humor. But mostly she is the embodiment of hope. Fantastic!
"[A] psychologically charged story of grief, globalization and an unlikely friendship....Cleave's narrative pulses with portentous, nearly spectral energy."
by Library Journal,
"Book clubs in search of the next Kite Runner need look no further than this astonishing, flawless novel... Cleave effortlessly moves between alternating viewpoints with lucid, poignant prose and the occasional lighter note. A tension-filled dramatic ending and plenty of moral dilemmas add up to a satisfying, emotional read."
by Washington Post,
"Little Bee will blow you away....In restrained, diamond-hard prose, Cleave alternates between these two characters' points of view as he pulls the threads of their dark — but often funny — story tight. What unfolds between them... is both surprising and inevitable, thoroughly satisfying if also heart-rending."
by The Oregonian,
"Every now and then, you come across a character in a book whose personality is so salient and whose story carries such devastating emotional force it's as if she becomes a fixed part of your consciousness. So it is with the charmingly named title character in Chris Cleave's brilliant and unforgettable Little Bee."
by O Magazine,
"The voice that speaks from the first page of Chris Cleave's Little Bee is one you might never have heard — the voice of a smart, wary, heartsick immigrant scarred by the terrors of her past....Read this urgent and wryly funny novel for its insights into simple humanity, the force that can disarm fear."
by Chicago Sun-Times,
"Little Bee is a loud shout of talent."
"The charge, then: buy this book. Resist opening it until you are ready to start reading, for once you begin you'll find yourself unable to stop....Prepare yourself for Cleave's poignancy, his control, and the pathos he so effortlessly evinces. Expect astonishment, for this is a work inspiring in depth and style; a work that alters perceptions."
by Booklist (starred review),
"Cleave is a nerves-of-steel storyteller of stealthy power, and this is a novel as resplendent and menacing as life itself."
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