Book: Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Genre: Literary Fiction
From: I bought it.
Okay, so here's another one I've heard tons about and decided to finally read to see what I thought for myself. The back says you don't need to know what it's about, but I found it doesn't need to be all that secret, so here's what it's about:
There's a girl from Nigeria and she's just been "let out" of the detainment center in London. She's been held there for two years after trying to come into the country. She has an address and phone number of one person, and so it's that person she calls for help.
The story line flips back and forth between this girl (who has named herself Little Bee) and the wife of the guy whose phone number she has. The wife is going through some pretty major trauma herself and so through many flashbacks, we learn about what caused that particular incident, what's happened to Little Bee and how exactly their lives intertwined before and how they are even more connected now.
It's a fascinating story. And I loved the voice of Little Bee especially. She is a wonderful character, so strong, so much spirit and spunk and very endearing.
But what happens to her, and to the wife also, is, wow, hard to read. It's the sort of stuff that's hard to get out of your head, that you think about a lot after finishing, that keeps you awake at night, that makes you feel so helpless and frustrated and angry. This is the stuff that gives me nightmares way more than the so called "horror" novels.
Despite the horrific nature of the story, the book itself was beautifully written and a very quick and fast read.
Bottom line: I really enjoyed it.
For more on author Chris Cleave click on over to his official site.
Click here for more on Little Bee itself.
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