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Review: Little Bee, Chris Cleave

May 18, 2011

Repost from early 2009.

We don’t want to tell you what happens in this book. It is a truely special story and we do not 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, the kind of choice we hope you will never have to face. 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 The magic is in how the story unfolds.

This is the text on the inside  leaf of the dust cover for Chris Cleave’s book, Little Bee.

Damn you publisher. damn you to hell. have a little faith in your reader base. i would have read this book anyway, the expectations set in the fold were misleading and cruel. you cant read a book like this under false pretenses. each time something happens, it is compared against the expectations set. and the book is left wanting, but not by its own merit, by your deciet.


For everyone else out there, here is what it should read in the leaf fold of the dust cover:

Little bee, a refugee from Nigeria, knows only one man and one woman in London. Her story is sad as is the stories of the man and woman she knows. When she tells her story, you will listen. Not by force, but because the scar tissue from her tale is beautiful, if only you see it in the right light.

If anyone tells you there is magic here, slap them, then keep reading.

This is one of the saddest books I have ever read, but if you are prepared for this fact, you can certainly enjoy it. Little Bee is well written and grabs you attention from beginning to end. It is not magic.

— Jason

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