Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Buzz Is About Little Bee

How do I tell you about a book, when the book jacket itself says:
"We don't want to tell you what happens in this book.
It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it."
Little Bee by Chris Cleave is the story of two women whose lives collide one horrible day on a beach in Nigeria, then again, two years later on another horrible day just outside London. To tell you much more than this would go beyond the warning on the book jacket and would spoil the story.

But, I will say this: The story, told alternately in the voices of Nigerian refugee Little Bee and magazine editor Sarah O'Rourke, give us a view of a world where man's brutal inhumanity to man is only a plane flight away from where we comfortably live. It is a beautifully told story of contrasting events, both shocking and humorous, that show us our lives are only as bad as we perceive them to be. And, finally, how acts of kindness both small and large, bind us together with ties that are difficult to escape.

I've heard a lot of buzz about this book lately from booksellers around the United States, and the excitement it justified.

While telling you too much about Little Bee would ruin it, I can tell you that reading it will give you a different perspective on our world, our nations and ourselves.


Hear author Chris Cleave talk about Little Bee (titled, The Other Hand, in the U.K.).

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