Little Bee, the young female refugee from the Nigerian delta, must master the Queen's English and the Queen's England if she is to escape her past and make a life in the UK after two years in a refugee detention center. The novel opens on the day Little Bee is released from the center with no identification papers and only the address of an English couple, Andrew and Sarah, whom she once met on a Nigerian beach. All three of their lives were horribly changed by that meeting on the beach. When Little Bee unexpectedly appears at Sarah's doorstep, it is the day of Andrew's funeral.
Told in turns in the first person by Little Bee and Sarah, the novel follows these two women as they struggle to save each other and themselves. Little Bee tries to make a life for herself in a totally alien land while Sarah must come to terms with her choices in London, including an extramarital affair and her seemingly frivolous career path. United by their past and by love for Sarah's young son, Charlie, Little Bee and Sarah become indispensable to each other. But their bond will face the ultimate test when the system catches up with Little Bee, and each woman must make a devastating decision.
©2009 Chris Cleave (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
Little Bee is a beautiful story of unlikely lives intertwined by fate. Told with lovely visions and painted scenery, by mostly very brave, yet sometimes flawed, characters.
Little Bee is a person with wisdom no one her age should have, yet her story has touched all who have read or listened to this book.
The narrator was outstanding which made the story even more interesting.
Great idea, poor execution.
I thought a story about the connection between a young Nigerian refugee and grieving British woman would be powerful and moving. But I found the story far-fetched and the characters annoying. I often didn't believe the dialogue or the character's choices, which meant that I stopped caring what would happen.
The narration was fine, but in this instance it would have made sense to have two narrators, since there are two clear voices in the book telling the story. I am often a fan of one narrator books, but in this case it would have been better with two. Not that that would have made me enjoy the story... but, still.
An interesting story that could be told without the details on sexual moments. The language was offensive and not necessary. I stopped listening before finishing the book.
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