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Little Bee by Chris Cleave
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Dec 18, 2009

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bookshelves: cultural-novels, immigrant-tales
Read on February 10, 2010

A well written book about a Nigerian refugee and a middle class British woman. I had thought this would be an uplifting story about the relationship between these two women, but instead it was very intense and heavy all the way through. I keep waiting for something positive to unfold, but it didn't. I guess I just like stories with happy endings, even though I know life doesn't always work out that way. I felt the author was trying to teach the reader about the hardships refugees face through a shocking and sad story.

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Debbie Holly,
I agree with you that this is a well written book. I love the language and...especially...the voice of Little Bee. I don't think I will forget her perspective on scars.
As adults we know there are not always happy endings...it is nice when they happen...but we can accept reality and still enjoy the story. In this book, I agree with you that the author used her talent to try to "teach" rather than just tell a story. The story was a good one, no happy ending, but the message of the refugee was a bit heavy handed...too teachy. I would have gotten the point without so much of an in your face. Still a good book that I would pass on to others.

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