Little Bee by Chris Cleave
A Novel

85%

11 Critic Reviews

A solid sophomore effort, and hopefully a sign of even better things to come.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.
 

About Chris Cleave

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Chris Cleave is the author of Incendiary and the #1 New York Times bestseller Little Bee. He lives with his wife and three children in Kingston-upon-Thames, England. Visit him at ChrisCleave.com or on Twitter @ChrisCleave.
 
Published January 28, 2009 by Simon & Schuster. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Little Bee
All: 11 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

A solid sophomore effort, and hopefully a sign of even better things to come.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by CAROLINE ELKINS on May 15 2009

...Cleave uses his emotionally charged narrative to challenge his readers’ conceptions of civility, of ethical choice.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Nov 10 2008

Cleave has a sharp cinematic eye, but the plot is undermined by weak motivations and coincidences.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Jenn Kepka on May 18 2010

It is still — and perhaps this is Cleave's trick — too fantastic, too terrible to be real.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Dindy Yokel on Mar 02 2010

Reading Little Bee spurs one to read Cleave’s first novel and leaves one hungry for the next.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah L. Courteau on Feb 25 2009

"Little Bee" is the best kind of political novel: You're almost entirely unaware of its politics because the book doesn't deal in abstractions but in human beings.

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Suite 101

Good
Reviewed by Kristen Scatton on Jun 04 2010

The mystery of "what happened on the beach" hovers over the first half of Little Bee, and is the fuel that gives the story momentum.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Tyrone Beason on Feb 12 2009

But what elevates this novel even further is Cleave's forceful call for all of us, the floating masses of a globalized, socially isolating modern world, to look after one other.

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PopMatters

Excellent
Reviewed by P.B. Samuelson on Feb 01 2009

Little Bee by Chris Cleave is a stellar work of literary fiction written from the first-person limited point of view.

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Boston.com

Good
Reviewed by Karen Campbell on Mar 30 2009

Cleave paces the story beautifully, lacing it with wit, compassion, and, even at the darkest moments, a searing ray of hope.

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Women's Inc.

Good
Reviewed by Susan O'Keefe on Jan 08 2013

Told from the points of view of two resilient women, “Little Bee” is a captivating, heartbreaking piece of prose.

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