Wednesday, July 6, 2011

You really can't put this book down

Raise your hand if you've ever picked up a book whose jacket touted that you wouldn't be able to put it down, that it was a page-turner, that it would blow you away.
Now, put your hand down if you've ever been disappointed by those words.
Those of you with your hands still raised must have read "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave.
I enjoyed a lot of wonderful books on my recent vacation. Some were diverting beach reads, some were fascinating works of nonfiction, some were beautifully crafted stories.
None stuck with me the way "Little Bee" did.
The title character is a Nigerian refugee who meets up with the one woman she "knows" in England.
How their stories intertwine will leave you speechless. (Have I gushed enough yet?!)
I'd be interested to hear what others thought of their story. Please share your reactions.
Get the reading group guide for "Little Bee" here.

Here's a glimpse of Little Bee:
"There was a white girl in the newspaper photo and she was topless. You know what I mean when I say this, because it is your language we are speaking. But if I was telling this story to my big sister Nkiruka and the other girls from my village back home then I would have to stop, right here, and explain to them: topless does not mean, the lady in the newspaper did not have an upper body. It means she was not wearing any garments on her upper body. You see the difference?"
How can you not be instantly charmed?

Meet the author and let him show you London: 

 - Tricia Ambrose


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