Sunday, September 5, 2010

Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Rating: 4

Little Bee, an immigrant from Nigeria to England has been in an immigration detention center since she arrived from Nigeria. When she is released, she knows of only one place to go...the home of Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke...a couple she met on a Nigerian beach two years before. Little Bee arrives on the day of Andrew's funeral, after he has committed suicide. The story is alternately told by Little Bee and Sarah as they both recall what took place on that beach in Nigeria where they met.

The pace can be slow in places, but the need to know what happened between Little Bee and the O'Rourkes keeps you reading right up until the last page. Cleave provides insight into the brutality of life in certain parts of Africa.

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