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Little Bee by Chris Cleave
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Aug 04, 2011

it was amazing

My husband's Aunt said she would be discussing this book at her women's book club while we were visiting her so I picked up a copy to read on the plane. It's a beautiful book! Chris Cleave truly surprised me as a writer. He takes on several different perspectives and has such a light but profound touch.

I'd be really curious to hear the perspective of a Nigerian refugee on his telling of Little Bee's experience. It read, from my reading as a US white woman, as fairly accurate and respectful but it seems like such a huge bridge to cross.

The politics of the story are also not heavy handed, which is often wise. I hated the white saviour crap, but that's also realistic. Beautiful, but upsetting, read.

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