Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Review #46: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Title: Little Bee

Author: Chris Cleave
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-4165-8963-1

Paperback release: February 16

Rating: 6 stars! (why stop at 5?)

My Review and Description:

What a special, special book this is. I read it over a year ago after receiving a finished hardcover copy from the publisher. What a gorgeous cover too. I am reviewing it at this time because, first, I have a blog now and second, it is new in paperback and I was reminded of it once again. I am actually going to bring it along to my book club next month as my pick. Cross your fingers that the others will vote for me!

Little Bee is such a unique story that it is almost too difficult to explain what it's all about. So many things happen at the same time that nothing happens. It is simple yet utterly, achingly difficult.

To sum up the bare bones plot; a English couple, while on vacation to the beach, meet a young Nigerian girl in the most unusual of circumstances. That day connects them in ways they won't know until much later. To tell any more would be taking away the joy and the pain of you discovering it as the reader.

What I can say is that the couple is in love yet flawed; their retreat to the beach is welcomed but tragic; the girl is haunting and needing escape.

What plays out is a collision of worlds, a mountain of secrets revealed and unlikely bonds formed. As I type I am reminded of how with each page, it felt like the wind blowing, a door closing, a stair creaking, a breath exhaling.

This book holds so much need; of hope, of humanity and of forgiveness. You learn of the politics of class, the world of refugees, and the wars that rage in the countries we hardly speak of.

Chris Cleave's writing is magical and extraordinary. There are books that come along that are so special that you are so tickled to stumble upon them.

I highly recommend this book for any occasion; your book club, your own winter night reading, a train/bus ride, you name it. It is a must read.
As a bookseller, I crave putting a book like this in the hands of my customers. As a book lover, I am thrilled to be able to now review it for you all.

Long overdue thanks go to Wendy at Simon and Schuster for giving me this gift of reading perfection.

Happy Reading!

red headed book child


Booksnyc said...

great review! I definitely want to read this one - the story is so intriguing!

Lisa said...

This was just recommended to me as a great book for a book club. Would you concur?

Jenny said...

Great review!! Love how you were able to relay all the feelings of the book without giving away what it's about. This was definitely a good book.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Thanks Booksnyc for commenting!

Lisa, this is a great pick for your book club!

Jenny, thanks! It just worked up so much while reading it!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Excellent review doll :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful review! I don't think I'll be able to resist this one. Must.go.on.list.

Sheila Deeth said...

I just read this too. Great review. And a really great book!

Julie@My5monkeys said...

sounds like I'm adding this to my reading pile. good review.

Christine said...

What a wonderful review, Michelle. I've been eying the book on your sidebar waiting to hear what you thought of it and then I just saw it mentioned in my library's newsletter. I'm so excited they're getting it! I most definitely plan on reading it! :)

Athira said...

Great review!! I have this one in my TBR!