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Amazon Best of the Month, February 2009: The publishers of Chris Cleave's new novel "don't want to spoil" the story by revealing too much about it, and there's good reason not to tell too much about the plot's pivot point. All you should know going in to Little Bee is that what happens on the beach is brutal, and that it braids the fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan (who calls herself Little Bee) and a well-off British couple--journalists trying to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday--who should have stayed behind their resort's walls. The tide of that event carries Little Bee back to their world, which she claims she couldn't explain to the girls from her village because they'd have no context for its abundance and calm. But she shows us the infinite rifts in a globalized world, where any distance can be crossed in a day--with the right papers--and "no one likes each other, but everyone likes U2." Where you have to give up the safety you'd assumed as your birthright if you decide to save the girl gazing at you through razor wire, left to the wolves of a failing state. --Mari Malcolm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A very special book indeed. Profound, deeply moving and yet light in touch, it explores the nature of loss, hope, love and identity with atrocity its backdrop. Read it and think deeply."
-The Bookseller (UK)
I enjoyed this book. It gives an insight into the troubles met by illegal immigrants. Some of the passages were difficult to read because of the brutality but necessary to the... Read morePublished on July 18 2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the same book in UK it goes under this name In North America its called Little Bee some books do change titlesPublished on June 20 2013 by smv
Outstanding. An engaging story about two women's lives intersecting, which is really about the unconsidered costs of globalization, and surviving unspeakable horrors with... Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2012 by The Transformer
This novel captured me from beginning to end. Full of tiny little shocks and recognitions, the plot is haunting and the narrative switches from the two main characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2012 by Brigid O'Sullivan
1. "Little Bee" seemed a little more experience related - in comparison to books like "The Birth House" - which I found more rigid and academic
2. Pg. 78. Read more
I felt nothing for the two main characters. I would have loved to either love them or hate them, but in the end, I felt so indifferent. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2011 by M. LeB
This is the first book I've read written by Chris Cleave, and found his crisp writing to be highly readable, entertaining, and at the same time Little Bee has that unmistakable... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2011 by Mahbubul Karim
I read this book in a single sitting. I was gripped by the story and drawn in. This is a book that needs to be experienced, not just read. Read morePublished on July 12 2011 by Biogeek7
Little Bee was a selection from my book club. While the story of oil-related conflicts in Nigeria was very interesting, the narrative didn't work for me and I found myself anxious... Read morePublished on May 16 2011 by Bookluvr