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ISBN13: 9781416589631
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Awards

The Rooster 2010 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

Review-A-Day

"Little Bee deserves a warning label: 'Do not judge this book by its cover. Contents under pressure.' Despite the cutesy title (the book was more sensibly published in Britain as The Other Hand) and the coy book-flap description ('It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it'), Little Bee will blow you away." Sarah L. Courteau, The Washington Post Book World (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Little Bee" deserves a warning label: "Do not judge this book by its cover. Contents under pressure." Despite the cutesy title (the book was more sensibly published in Britain as "The Other Hand") and the coy book-flap description ("It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it"), "Little Bee" will blow you away.

Like Ian McEwan's propulsive novel "Enduring Love,"... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Book clubs in search of the next Kite Runner need look no further than this astonishing, flawless novel....A tension-filled dramatic ending and plenty of moral dilemmas add up to a satisfying, emotional read. Highly recommended." Library Journal (Starred Review)

Review:

"Cleave is a nerves-of-steel storyteller of stealthy power, and this is a novel as resplendent and menacing as life itself." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Cleave's narrative pulses with portentous, nearly spectral energy, and the author maintains a well-modulated balance between the two narrators. A solid sophomore effort, and hopefully a sign of even better things to come." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"An ambitious and fearless gallop from the jungles of Africa via a shocking encounter on a Nigerian beach to the media offices of London and domesticity in leafy suburbia....Cleave immerses the reader in the worlds of his characters with an unshakable confidence." The Guardian (UK)

Review:

"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." O Magazine

Review:

"Suffice it to say that this novel takes as its starting point unspeakable violence, but that it is accessible and humane, rich and rewarding. The plotting is masterful, the characters unforgettable. And while it is utterly topical, it turns on timeless questions of freedom, guilt and responsibility and, finally, what it means to be human." Portland Oregonian

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

An unforgettable, page-turning survival story recounted by Hector, a man trapped—perhaps fatally—inside a tanker truck during an illegal border crossing, telling of his hopes for rescue, the joys and trials of his life, and what has brought us all to this moment

Synopsis:

From the best-selling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce, this debut novel is a gripping survival story of an Oaxacan trapped, perhaps fatally, during a border crossing.
 
Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait.

Hector finds a name in his friend Cesars phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message Cesar has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through?

Over four days, as water and food run low, Hector tells how he came to this desperate place. His story takes us from Oaxaca — its rich culture, its rapid change — to the dangers of the border. It exposes the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte — land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Hector fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.

Both an outstanding suspense novel and an arresting window into the relationship between two great cultures, The Jaguars Children shows how deeply interconnected all of us, always, are.

Synopsis:

The lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British woman collide in this page-turning #1 andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestseller and book club favorite from Chris Cleave.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;We donand#8217;t want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we donand#8217;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 doesnand#8217;t. And itand#8217;s what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, youand#8217;ll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please donand#8217;t tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.

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. His second novel, Little Bee, was shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Award for Best Novel. He lives in London with his French wife and two mischievous Anglo-French children. He keeps his website at www.chriscleave.com.

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wyotoor, January 12, 2010 (view all comments by wyotoor)
Chris Cleave has created a masterpiece. Finely drawing vastly different characters and pulling the reader into the characters' lives, worlds, and inner worlds. The story is contemporary, compelling, action-packed and you won't escape holding the mirror up to your face and examining a bit of your collected world views.

Amazing book about an undocumented, traumatized immigrant and several PC Brits confronting core beliefs and reality.
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wyotoor, January 12, 2010 (view all comments by wyotoor)
Chris Cleave has created a masterpiece. Finely drawing vastly different characters and pulling the reader into the characters' lives, worlds, and inner worlds. The story is contemporary, compelling, action-packed and you won't escape holding the mirror up to your face and examining a bit of your collected world views.

Amazing book about an undocumented, traumatized immigrant and several PC Brits confronting core beliefs and reality.
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cariola119, November 29, 2009 (view all comments by cariola119)
It was hard to know just what to expect of this book. It's one of those that tells you on the jacket that you are in for a lot of surprises, we don't want to spoil it by telling you much, and please don't give anything away. For the life of me, I'm not sure I understand why there needed to be all this mystery. It's the story of a young Nigerian woman who, at the beginning of the novel, has been "unofficially" released from a detention center in England. Among her few belongings are the driver's license and business card of Andrew Rourke, a reporter that she tells us she had met on a beach in Nigeria several years earlier. She makes her way to his home, and the story becomes one told alternately by Little Bee and Rourke's wife, Sarah.

So I won't really give away any more. We learn what has happened to Little Bee in Nigeria, how Sarah and her husband first came to be involved with her, and how Little Bee becomes a part of the llife of Sarah and her four-year old son, Charlie (otherwise known as Batman for the costume he literally lives in). And it becomes, in the end, a story of redemption, sacrifice, and understanding. Cleave has a charmingly lyrical style that particularly suits his central character.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416589631
Author:
Cleave, Chris
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Vaillant, John
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Emigration and immigration
Subject:
Identity (psychology)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Little Bee, Chris Cleave, London, Africa, immigrant, novel, fiction, hero s journey, women, contemporary, love story, marriage, relationships, darfur, genocide, diamond mines, blood diamonds, xenocide, massacre, sacrifice, tragedy, hope
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
rough front
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Product details 288 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781416589631 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Little Bee deserves a warning label: 'Do not judge this book by its cover. Contents under pressure.' Despite the cutesy title (the book was more sensibly published in Britain as The Other Hand) and the coy book-flap description ('It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it'), Little Bee will blow you away." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
"Review" by , "Book clubs in search of the next Kite Runner need look no further than this astonishing, flawless novel....A tension-filled dramatic ending and plenty of moral dilemmas add up to a satisfying, emotional read. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Cleave is a nerves-of-steel storyteller of stealthy power, and this is a novel as resplendent and menacing as life itself."
"Review" by , "Cleave's narrative pulses with portentous, nearly spectral energy, and the author maintains a well-modulated balance between the two narrators. A solid sophomore effort, and hopefully a sign of even better things to come."
"Review" by , "An ambitious and fearless gallop from the jungles of Africa via a shocking encounter on a Nigerian beach to the media offices of London and domesticity in leafy suburbia....Cleave immerses the reader in the worlds of his characters with an unshakable confidence."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Suffice it to say that this novel takes as its starting point unspeakable violence, but that it is accessible and humane, rich and rewarding. The plotting is masterful, the characters unforgettable. And while it is utterly topical, it turns on timeless questions of freedom, guilt and responsibility and, finally, what it means to be human."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , An unforgettable, page-turning survival story recounted by Hector, a man trapped—perhaps fatally—inside a tanker truck during an illegal border crossing, telling of his hopes for rescue, the joys and trials of his life, and what has brought us all to this moment
"Synopsis" by ,
From the best-selling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce, this debut novel is a gripping survival story of an Oaxacan trapped, perhaps fatally, during a border crossing.
 
Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait.

Hector finds a name in his friend Cesars phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message Cesar has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through?

Over four days, as water and food run low, Hector tells how he came to this desperate place. His story takes us from Oaxaca — its rich culture, its rapid change — to the dangers of the border. It exposes the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte — land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Hector fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.

Both an outstanding suspense novel and an arresting window into the relationship between two great cultures, The Jaguars Children shows how deeply interconnected all of us, always, are.

"Synopsis" by , The lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British woman collide in this page-turning #1 andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestseller and book club favorite from Chris Cleave.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;We donand#8217;t want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we donand#8217;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 doesnand#8217;t. And itand#8217;s what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, youand#8217;ll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please donand#8217;t tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.
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