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Little Bee
by Chris Cleave


Overview - Books-A-Million April 2009 African-American Book Club Selection

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.  Read more...


 
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More About Little Bee by Chris Cleave
 
 
 
Overview
Books-A-Million April 2009 African-American Book Club Selection

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.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781416589631
  • ISBN-10: 1416589635
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: February 2009
  • Page Count: 271
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.06 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 30.
  • Review Date: 2008-11-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

A violent incident on a Nigerian beach has tragic echoes in posh London in Cleave’s beautifully staged if haphazardly plotted debut novel. British couple Andrew O’Rourke and his wife, Sarah, are on vacation when they come across two sisters, Little Bee and Nkiruka, on the run from the killers who have massacred everyone else in their village—in the pay, it turns out, of an oil company seeking the land. Soon the killers arrive and propose a not-quite-credible deal: they will trade the girls if Andrew and Sarah each cut off a finger. Andrew can’t do it, but Sarah does, and the killers drag the girls away. So two years later, when Little Bee shows up at Sarah’s house on the day of the funeral for Andrew, who has killed himself, it seems almost miraculous. Later, however, it’s revealed that Little Bee has been hiding around the O’Rourke place, and that Andrew seeing her set off his suicide. Sarah nevertheless determines to help Little Bee get refugee status. Cleave has a sharp cinematic eye, but the plot is undermined by weak motivations and coincidences. (Feb.)

 
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