"[A]n unnerving blend of dread, wit, and beauty..." (Starred review.)
"Book clubs in search of the next KITE RUNNER need look no further than this astonishing, flawless novel about what happens when ordinary, mundane Western lives are thrown into stark contrast against the terrifying realities of war-torn Africa."
"[Cleave] has carved two indelible characters whose choices in even the most straitened circumstances permit them dignity -- if they are willing to sacrifice for it. 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."
"[The] young refugee....[i]n Chris Cleave's heartwarming and heartbreaking LITTLE BEE [is]....one of the most vividly memorable and provocative characters in recent contemporary fiction....Cleave paces the story beautifully, lacing it with wit, compassion, and, even at the darkest moments, a searing ray of hope."
"Cleave uses his emotionally charged narrative to challenge his readers' conceptions of civility, of ethical choice.....[The characters'] bold, impulsive choices...challenge the inevitability of despair, transforming a political novel into an affecting story of human triumph."
From the Publisher
Sarah and Andrew, an English couple vacationing in Nigeria, encounter two terrified young girls who are fleeing their village, where masked soldiers are executing everyone they find. The soldiers catch up to them, leading to a harrowing confrontation that will change all of their lives forever. Years later, Little Bee, one of the Nigerian girls, shows up in London, and she and Sarah begin to help each other heal their wounds, which are more than skin deep. Sophomore novelist Cleave (INCENDIARY) effortlessly weaves between dual narrators, to poignantly parallel the acute similarities between two very different young women.