- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 23mm | 363g
- Publication date: 16 February 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1416589643
- ISBN 13: 9781416589648
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 1,823
The lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British woman collide in this page-turning #1 "New York Times "bestseller and book club favorite from Chris Cleave. We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn't. And it's what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.
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By philippa clarke 19 Jun 2013
I am amazed to see that this novel has a negative review. It is wonderful book, brought me to tears. As a mother , the narrative of the little boy is heart renching. However, as a woman , all the other emotions felt by the main female character are touchable , believable and moving. A wonderful novel .
By Jessica Farquhar 13 Feb 2013
Like others, I bought this novel based on its blurb which to me, promised mystery or at the very least, an extraordinary tale.
Unfortunately, the text failed to deliver either of the above and I found myself reading a simply written, ordinary story about a young Nigerian refugee who crosses paths with a well-meaning but useless British mother. The pace of the text is slow, with few revelations and not enough substance to keep you flicking through the pages.
By R.D-Diaz 08 May 2011
We don't want to tell you what happens in this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know enough to buy it so we will just say this: This is the story of two women. Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice. Two years later, they meet again -- the story starts there...Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.
The product description made me buy it, I have to say most people probably thought the same thing - INTERESTING-. It was a slow start at first three chapters. You'll be mystified as how the 2 main characters lives had crossed paths when they live thousands of miles away from each other.
A story of a Little Bee, a teenage Nigerian refugee and a British magazine Editor, Sarah collided one fateful day in an African beach. The consequences left them empty, hopeful, loved and in the end devastated.
Powerful and stunning, thought provoking. It covers relevant, true issues such as depression, suicide, asylum seekers and what they have to endure. It will make your heart ache and wishing that Little Bee will be able to find a place of her own to call home.
By Chelsea Skals 27 Aug 2010
Little Bee, where do I begin! It is one of those books that you need to pick up without knowing anything about it. So I won't say too much...it brings to heart all the confusion and disaster that surrounds the western world but comparatively uses the pain and confusion from a less fortunate country. Ultimately making you think and readjust your thought processes. Truly a beautiful read and I would recommend to everybody!
"The voice that speaks from the first page of Chris Cleave's "Little Bee" is one you might never have heard -- the voice of a smart, wary, heartsick immigrant scarred by the terrors of her past....Read this urgent and wryly funny novel for its insights into simple humanity, the force that can disarm fear." --" O Magazine"