Little Bee

Little Bee

Book - 2009
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A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers--one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416589648
Branch Call Number: Fiction Cleave
Characteristics: 271 p. ; 24 cm


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Try "Little Bee," while you're waiting for Mbue's "Behold the Dreamers."

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PimaLib_VictoriaS Oct 30, 2016

A Londoner's life sharply contrasted with that of an illegal Nigerian refugee.

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May 21, 2018

Overall, I found this book both entertaining and affecting. However, there were moments that stretched my credulity to the breaking point. The main character is sympathetic, but at times simply not believable. Others may disagree, but I found the most disturbing moments the most effective.

Nov 10, 2017

Looking forward to discussing this on Monday, December 4th, 2017. Come and join the discussion!

Aug 17, 2017

Little Bee, for me, was a great little novel, spoiled by the ending. The twists and turns that the author uses throughout the book make complete sense and keep the plot interesting but the main character adopts a completely unbelievable attitude at the end.

Aug 14, 2017

Little Bee (Udo) carries this book. After the first few switches between her and Sarah, I only skimmed the chapters narrated by Sarah. Little Bee is very clever and has a great sense of humor. I don't agree with those who feel this book tries to mirror The Kite Runner.

I strongly recommend this book be read simply to widen your ability to empathize with others. Little Bee provides a very intelligent and thought-provoking character experiencing something many of could not even dream (or nightmare) of.

Feb 27, 2017

This book tries to pack the emotional punch of Kite Runner and it is obvious. The horrific rape scene is way more graphic than it needed to be, contrived. Ruined the book for me.

LoganLib_Adults Aug 30, 2016

Come and see Chris during the Brisbane Writer's Festival;

JCLLeslieN Feb 10, 2015

This book wants to be Kite Runner, but this one's violent scene is unnecessarily evil and detracts from the rest of the book. You have to know how much is enough to get your point across.

Jan 12, 2015

Ohhhh ... what a sad little story. Enjoyable, nonetheless, and yes, I would recommend it.

Jan 12, 2015

I don't throw out five stars easily, but this is one powerful book. Every sentence is beautiful, and the storyline is so compelling. Best book I've read in a long time.

Jul 07, 2014

Some of the descriptive writing was too graphic. The book never said how she was picked up and placed in the detention center.

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EricaReynoldsNYC May 06, 2014

MOST DAYS I WISH I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming. Maybe I would visit with you for the weekend and then suddenly, because I am fickle like that, I would visit with the man from the corner shop instead—but you would not be sad because you would be eating a cinnamon bun, or drinking a cold Coca-Cola from the can, and you would never think of me again. We would be happy, like lovers who met on holiday and forgot each other’s names.

Apr 16, 2011

If the men come suddenly, I will be ready to kill myself. Do you feel sorry for me, for thinking always in this way? If the men come and they find you not ready, then it will be me who is feeling sorry for you.

Apr 16, 2011

I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.

Apr 16, 2011

How I would love to be a British pound. A pound is free to travel to safety, and we are free to watch it go. This is the human triumph. This is called, globalization. A girl like me gets stopped at immigration, but a pound can leap the turnstiles, and dodge the tackles of those big men with their uniform caps, and jump straight into a waiting airport taxi. Where to, sir? Western Civilization, my good man, and make it snappy.


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Sep 06, 2017

A tenuous friendship blooms between two disparate strangers--one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.


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