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Little Bee
A Novel
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Millions of people have read, discussed, debated, cried, and cheered with Little Bee. Have you? "Little Bee will blow you away." —The Washington PostThe lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian...
Millions of people have read, discussed, debated, cried, and cheered with Little Bee. Have you? "Little Bee will blow you away." —The Washington PostThe lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian...
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  • Millions of people have read, discussed, debated, cried, and cheered with Little Bee. Have you?

    "Little Bee will blow you away." —The Washington Post
    The lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British woman collide in this page-turning #1 New York Times bestseller, book club favorite, and "affecting story of human triumph" (The New York Times Book Review) from Chris Cleave, author of Gold and Everyone Brave Is Forgiven.

    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.

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  • Chris Cleave is the author of Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, Gold, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Little Bee. He lives with his wife and three children in Kingston-upon-Thames, England. Visit him at ChrisCleave.com or on Twitter @ChrisCleave.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 10, 2008
    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.

  • AudioFile Magazine Worlds collide in this remarkable performance when Little Bee, a Nigerian girl orphaned by violence, meets Sarah, a dissatisfied British professional away on holiday. The horror that takes place on an African beach drives the story, which is gripping and thought provoking. Cleave's prose, often eloquent to the point of poetry, dances on the voice of narrator Anne Flosnik. As the point of view shifts between Little Bee and Sarah, their respective pasts come to life, offering surprises and twists. Flosnik's accents and tone change nimbly to suit each lead character. Ultimately, their shared past--one of terror, sacrifice, guilt, and responsibility--keeps the listener rapt with attention. Artfully told and lyrically performed, this audiobook resonates. L.B.F. ¥¥¥ (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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