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Little Bee
Little Bee | Chris Cleave
Sarah Summers is enjoying a holiday on a Nigerian beach when a young girl named Little Bee crashes irrevocably into her life. All it takes is a brief and horrifying moment of crisis — a terrifying scene that no reader will forget. Afterwards, Sarah and Little Bee might expect never to see each other again. But Little Bee finds Sarah’s husband’s wallet in the sand, and smuggles herself on board a cargo vessel with his address in mind. She spends two years in detention in England before making her way to Sarah’s house, with what will prove to be devastating timing. Chapter by chapter, alternating between Little Bee’s voice and Sarah’s, Chris Cleave wholly and caringly portrays two very different women trying to cope with events they’d never imagined. Little Bee is experiencing all the fullness and emptiness of the rich world for the first time, and her observations are hopeful, charming and piercing: “Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl,” she says: “Everyone would be pleased to see me coming.” Sarah is more cynical and disheartened, a successful magazine editor trying to find meaning in the face of turmoil at home and work. As the story develops, however, we learn about what matters most to her, including her fierce, protective love for her funny little son (“From the Spring of 2007 until the end of that long summer when Little Bee came to live with us,” Sarah says, “my son removed his Batman costume only at bathtimes.”). Sarah is trying to find herself as much as Little Bee is — and, unexpectedly, each character discovers a ray of hope in the other. What follows when Little Bee comes back into Sarah’s life is a powerful story of reconciliation and healing, but it is mixed in with a generous helping of satire about the daily difficulties of modern life. This is a novel about important issues, from refugee policy to the devastating effects of violence, but more than that, it does something only great fiction can: Little Bee teaches us what it is like to live through experiences most of us think of only as far off disasters in the news. As ever, the author says it best: “It’s an uplifting, thrilling, universal human story, and I just worked to keep it simple. One brave African girl; one brave Western woman. What if one just turned up on the other’s doorstep one misty morning and asked, Can you help? And what if that help wasn’t just a one-way street?”
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Lydiamansel
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Quick read. Emotional and unforgettable

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6/5

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TiffanyMichele
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How many of you guys dabble in writing? And if you do, are you thinking of attending the virtual Camp NaNo this April?

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readingjedi
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1. Also known as Little Bee. There is a scene when the mother is talking to the son that makes my toes curl just to think of it.
2. I eat at home because I'm mostly AT home. I'm a SAHP.
3. I really don't have the embarrassment gene. I just laugh at my ridonculous ass.
4. Way too hard to answer. Smell is very important/precious to me. Oud wood is a current fave.
5. Mottled Grey Wind. Lovely. 🤔🤔🤔😂

#friyayintro @howjessreads

readingjedi That's oud wood the material, NOT the Tom Ford aftershave. Though that is very nice .... 😜 7mo
BiblioLitten Smell is very important to me too! I couldn‘t zero in on one either. The current favourite though is Camphor, it reminds me of pleasant things. 😊 7mo
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Cspen113
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I love nothing more than a book that opens your mind to something new. I‘m really enjoying the way this book points out the difference in perspective, almost without the reader noticing what they‘re truly getting. #hiddengems

LauraBeth I‘ve never read this book, but reading that makes me want to! 7mo
Cspen113 @LauraBeth I have really enjoyed it so far! I‘m about halfway through it. I think you should give it a try!! 7mo
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mentinker
Little Bee | Chris Cleave
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It took me a while to get into this book —. But about half way through I finally hit a stride. Interesting look at how the industrialized world relates to, mourns, forgets about, remembers and/or tries to help individuals suffering due, in large part, to the global politics and power structures we all live under.
Story told through compelling and well meaning characters.

Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚👋🏻 Great review 👍🏻 #litsywelcomewagon @LitsyWelcomeWagon 8mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 8mo
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Purrfectpages Welcome to Litsy! 8mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 8mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤗 8mo
Cinfhen This was our first bookclub pick ages ago.....and I LOVED IT!!!! 7mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 7mo
RaimeyGallant Loved this book. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚 7mo
Chelleo Welcome 🤗 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're enjoying Litsy so far 📖💙 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 7mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!! 7mo
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mentinker
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So, I realized - life had finally broken through. How silly it looked now, my careful set of defenses against nature: my brazen magazine, my handsome husband, my Maginot Line of motherhood and affairs. The world, the real world, had found a way through. It had sat down on my sofa and wouldn‘t be denied any longer. p. 95

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you are enjoying it here! 7mo
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@MinDea #humpdaypost

1. My word game book is always close by
2. ~7
3. Milk chocolate and either mint or orange
4. Every 2-3 months
5. Recommend

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Tianarose
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Just finished this audio book! I really adored this story. Such imaginative writing and the story was so touching. Can‘t say how much this one made me feel, I cried, laughed... all the feels here! Now I‘m going to start The Alienist

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throwmeabook
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No better way to end the day than a little reading and Olivia Benson and the SVU. 📚💕👮‍♀️ #book19 #mounttbr

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Some books with #Orange on the cover from the tbr shelf!

#Blackcatchallenge

Eggs Love that pumpkin ❣️❣️❣️ 10mo
ephemeralwaltz 😍😍😍 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs thank you!! 🎃🧡🎃🧡 10mo
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tracey38 Love the pumpkin!! 🎃🧡 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @tracey38 thank you 🧡🎃 10mo
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CBee
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@Jas16 ♥️♥️♥️ Thank you! This showed up in my mailbox today and I was so surprised. So nice of you to think of me. Love our #JB group ❤️❤️❤️

Jas16 I hope you enjoy it!! 12mo
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peacegypsy
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And the Labor Day weekend reading begins! 😊😊😊

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ReadingMeagan
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I visited the bookstore in the little town that we do our Cottage grocery shopping at today (probably the last visit for the season for me) I was lucky to find these two books! My tbr pile is always growing!!

Melissa_J I adore Lizzie Bennet book 😊 12mo
ReadingMeagan @Melissa_J love that! It has been on my tbr list for a loooong time! 12mo
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Little Bee escapes Nigeria and the only people she can think of to help her in the UK Is a man that she met on the beach with his wife. She keeps his ID and the story progresses thru her fight to stay out of the immigration system. Refugees with no papers are lost in so many countries. An eye opener, what can we all do to help? Great book, love this author.

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I loved Little Bee - the other characters not so much but they felt real. Little Bee is smart and funny and very lovable. And although I should have been, I was not quite ready for the ending. I would recommend it but be ready for some emotionally wrenching moments.

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1. Probably a documentary: The Vietnam War from Ken Burns.
2. Go to antique shops and flea markets.
3. 11? If I have one?
4. Tried Little Bee a few times, couldn't do it. I am going to try it on audio and see if that works.
5. On my way!

Happy Friday, y'all! It's been a loooong week. 😩

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readingjedi I hated that book! 12mo
Cspen113 I have Little Bee in my TBR! This is disappointing news! ☹️😁 12mo
goodbyefrancie @readingjedi I'm going to give it a try as an audio book, but I don't think it will help. A friend really liked it, and that's the only reason for the repeated attempts. If this doesn't work, I'm done. @Cspen113 definitely try it. Some people really like it. 12mo
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whatrebeccasread
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An emotional rollercoaster which I would highly recommend. 5 stars! 🐝

My full review is on my blog, go check it out using the link on my profile!

brookesiem I loved this book, but haven‘t thought about it in years! 13mo
dragondrool Loved Batman. 13mo
SheilaChew That book stayed with me for a long time. It changed me too. 13mo
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Jas16
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#unpopularopinion I really expected this to be an earth shattering read and, while I loved the sections about Little Bee, everything else about this book did not work for me at all. #24in48

LeahBergen I was a “so-so”, too. 😬 13mo
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Jas16
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“Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming.”

This book has been on TBR forever and I am hoping I will finally read it for #24in48. With a #firstline like that one I might have to make it next book. Had anyone else read it? #openinglines

MicheleinPhilly I‘ve also had this unread for YEARS. 13mo
Sydsavvy Oh my goodness, it‘s so wonderful I‘m almost jealous! Enjoy! 13mo
jillannjohn I read this years ago. I loved it. Enjoy! 13mo
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valeriegeary It's a good one! 👍 13mo
KristinaRay I have had on my shelf for 4 years at least. 🙄 13mo
dragondrool Liked this one a lot. 13mo
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I just cleaned off the TBR bookshelf in my bedroom. I found doubles 😬 including a copy of Little Bee that I spent a month waiting for from the library earlier this year 🤦🏼‍♀️ oh the shame! #shelfie

Mdargusch I‘m glad it‘s not just me. 14mo
Reviewsbylola Hahahahahahahaha. The same thing happened to me earlier this month. 14mo
mrozzz Omg this happens too often... 14mo
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bookkworm1
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One of those got it because I liked the cover books. Huge surprise by how much I loved it! Relevant with the refugee crisis unfolding.

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goodbyefrancie
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I've tried to read the tagged book several times, but haven't had any luck. Maybe audio?
#UnpopularOpinion @Libby1

Susanita I listened to the audio version. The story is pretty harrowing regardless of format, but I thought the narrator did a good job distinguishing between the two voices. 1y
CindyE09 I‘m with you, I disliked this book as well!! 1y
Copwithabook Omg I hated Little Bee. I think it may be my most disliked novel that I‘ve forced myself to read completely through. 1y
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SwedePea Where'd You Go Bernadette is mine, everyone raved about it, but the characters are absolutely awful people and the ending made me want to literally throw it out the window. So frustrating! 1y
Libby1 It‘s in my TBR but has been sitting on my shelf for at least two years. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1y
Nerdfins The Girl on the Train. I just don‘t understand what‘s so good about it. 1y
ashley_o13 Mine would have to be The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. I read 5 chapters and thought it was so dry and boring. I haven't continued to read it yet. But it's driving me insane knowing I haven't finished it 😐 1y
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Crystallinegirl
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WOW. JUST WOW. I'm not sure what else I can say. I read this for the "refugee main character" prompt for #Booked2018 - and it's amazing. Little Bee's voice was enthralling from the very beginning. She talks to the reader like you're there and able to respond, rather than just telling her story to the air. Some scenes are extremely difficult (content warning, rape) but it's worth it. I might need to buy my own copy. #faves2018

Cinfhen One of my favorite books💕💕 1y
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Crystallinegirl
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"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." I'm less than ten pages into this book about a Nigerian refugee girl and I am HOOKED. #PopSugar2018 (book mentioned in another book) #Booked2018 (refugee MC)

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In order to support our local public library in a way that doesn‘t involve paying overdue fines, my husband and I went to the library‘s annual book sale. $11.00. I don‘t know who Lou Anne is but her bookmark was in The Egyptologist.

rather_be_reading thts awesome! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I didn‘t realize I had so many #orange books!! 🧡🧡 The tagged one is my newest addition from the sweet @BookaholicNatty 😘 Goodnight everyone 😴🌙

#ReadingResolutions 📚

Kalalalatja Great pic 👌 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you!!! 🧡🧡 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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There‘s nothing like #bookmail to cheer me up and make me feel better!!! So excited to see these goodies when my daughter brought me the mail!!! Thank you so much @BookaholicNatty I also love the bag!!! It‘s beautiful! 💞💖
Thank you @BarbaraTheBibliophage for the bookmark!! It‘s awesome!! ☺️❤️

LeahBergen How are you feeling? On the mend after your surgery? 😘 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeahBergen I am much better today! Thank you so much for thinking of me! ❤️❤️ 1y
Lcsmcat I‘m glad to hear you‘re doing better! ❤️ 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lcsmcat thank you ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
TNbookworm Glad you are feeling better! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TNbookworm thank you 🙏🏻 ☺️ 1y
Jas16 So glad that you are feeling better!!!💐 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m especially glad my little bookmark arrived at the right time to bring you some bookish good cheer! 😍 1y
minkyb Glad to hear you are feeling better. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jas16 thank you!! I‘m finally better!!! 💛 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you so much!!! 💛 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @minkyb thanks 🙏🏻💛 1y
BookaholicNatty Yay!!! Glad it got there!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BookaholicNatty it made me so happy when I was feeling so bad!! Thank you so much!! 😘💕 1y
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Liberlove
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Have to say today brightened up my day when o received this in the post and completely forgot!!! The most amazing bookmarks I have ever seen and just in time as my other one just broke!! Thank you @MeganAnn this really has brightened my day!!! 👍🏻😁👌#litsybookmarkswap #litsy #love #happymonday

MeganAnn Oh my goodness that took forever!! I sent it way back the beginning of January! I‘m so glad it brightened your day and that you like everything 😍 (edited) 1y
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leesy1
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So immediate that I read the whole story in one morning. This brings out the truth of what many refugees are fleeing, as well as truths about relationships between what those in the first world would see as people of their own experience set. I rarely read modern fiction, but I'm grateful I read this.

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Ashley85
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This book was sooo good. Little Bee taught me so much and opened my eyes to a different way of seeing life and love and trauma and tragedy. Such good writing, I‘m going to have to check out more of his books. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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HOTPock3tt YEAH!!! 😎✌️ good thing you didn‘t do like I did the other day, accidentally close the book, and open up to the page that gives a SPOILER for the page you were on 🤦🏽‍♀️🤣lol! 2y
Ashley85 @HOTPock3tt 😂😂Oh no!! 2y
HOTPock3tt Ikr!! I was like ===>😥 Lol! 2y
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Allkat
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I like the girl Little Bee and love this cover, but was irritated by the character of Sara. Couldn‘t get past her and shallow romance. 😟

BookaholicNatty Can relate to your feelings of 1y
BookaholicNatty I loved the girl Little Bee!!❤️ (edited) 1y
Allkat She is strong and tenacious and great humor. The book itself kind of blah. 😑@BookaholicNatty 1y
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Ashley85
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I‘m working on getting through books I actually own that are on my TBR list. This one has been sitting on my shelf for a while. Reviews I‘ve read overall have been positive so I‘m hoping it‘s a good one!

MoniqueReads305 I enjoyed this a lot. Even though I couldn't stand one of the characters. I would definitely recommend this to someone that asked. The subject matter is heavy but overall excellent book. 2y
Ashley85 Good to know! Thanks 😊 @MoniqueReads305 2y
amvs1111 It was a pick for me! 2y
BellaBookNook This book has been on my bookshelf forever. Perhaps you might inspire me to actually read it!!!☺️ 2y
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IndyHannaJones
Little Bee | Chris Cleave

This is a well written and meaningful book but I really hated it and it still haunts me. So, ya know, take what you can from that...

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Tav
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This is a very special book. Chris Cleave makes these women, especially Little Bee herself, seem like real live people. He makes me learn about awful horrible things in the world, things that implicate the basics of my life (like going on vacation and using a vehicle that runs on gasoline). But I learn about these things and I don‘t turn away, because his characters are courageous and so I must honor them and not flinch. READ THIS BOOK.

MrBook Great review! 2y
Tav @MrBook hey thanks! 2y
scripturient I really liked this book. Actually bought it twice by accident back in the day because they published the same novel under different titles in the UK and the US. I thought it was different novels so man, was I in for a surprise. 😂 2y
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TheWordJar This has been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. Now I want to bump it up the TBR! Thanks for the review! 2y
Tav Do it, @TheWordJar !! ....😂😂 @scripturient ! 2y
Tamra Agreed, good one! 2y
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Tav
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Our stories are the tellers of us. (P. 131)

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Tav
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“A scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.”

SilversReviews I read this book about four or five years ago. I hope you are enjoying it. 2y
Tav @SilversReviews so far I am loving it!!! 2y
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Tav
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This had been on my shelf for YEARS. Gonna give it a try.

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Nicholelynn
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I really enjoyed this novel. The back cover led me to believe it would be more life altering than it was, but it was a beautiful story with a lovely writing style. I would recommend it to anyone to read who would like to dive into an awesome story.

DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
Nicholelynn Thanks @DebbieGrillo I‘m really enjoying it so far 2y
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Leelee.reads
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What I liked: the cover, Little Bee‘s narration/voice, the first chapter. What I didn‘t like: every chapter voiced by Sarah, Sarah‘s character, Lawrence‘s character, all dialogue by adults, the ending, how heavy-handed the issues were dealt with. The refugee theme is so important and I loved the voice of Little Bee enough to keep this a so-so instead of a pan.

Godmotherx5 Agree but would still recommend it. 2y
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MPick
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Tea. Bed. Book. Repeat. #rainymornings #happytobehome

Cinfhen An oldie but a goodie💝💝💝one of my favorite reads 2y
MPick @Cinfhen I‘m really loving it so far so I‘m glad to hear it‘s a fave of others! 2y
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MPick
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Starting this beaut today. I woke to a rainy, drizzly day so now it's tea-and-book-in-bed time. #sundayreads

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Rlynch15
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Tragically beautiful reminder that we all need to remember more and more given what is napping in the US today.

Tav I loved this quote! 2y
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Rlynch15
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This one is taking me forever to get through. Partially because I am prepping to teach a new Irish Lit elective but also because Little Bee's experience is so foreign to my own: an illegal immigrant fleeing from a war torn home where her entire family has been killed. But that difference is why it is so important to read.