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The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
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Dec 21, 08

Read in January, 2008

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as the back cover blurb is particularly vague. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a book that dealt with some really significant issues, such as refugees, in such an approachable and readable way.

The central characters were interesting and well written and despite the heavy themes, the book was quite humorous at times. I liked that the connections between characters were complex - not just simple stereotypes of 'supportive best friend' 'emotionally distant husband' etc.

It's really hard to explain why this book was so amazing without giving away the story, but I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading books with some substance. The great thing about the book is that although it has some serious themes, it was still easy and enjoyable to read.

Published in the US with the title Little Bee.

I have posted a more detailed review of The Other Hand at Suite101.com.
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Mary Beth I liked this book quite a lot, too, along with the Power of One. What else have you read that you liked a lot?


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