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January 26th, 2010

ladychapel: Blue Moon (Default)
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 02:04 pm
Journalist Chris Cleave wrote the novel Little Bee to draw attention to the plight of refugees in detention centers. He thought a fictional account would have more of an emotional impact or so I've been told. Whether that's true is debatable.

The novel focuses on the lives of two women, middle class British writer, Sarah, and Nigerian teenager Little Bee. A chance encounter on a beach in Nigeria leads to a horrific event that changes both of their lives forever.

The narrative is not in chronological order, and I enjoyed that because I felt that it helped build suspense. I also thought he did an excellent job getting into the heads of two female characters.

The plot is too contrived in some parts, though, most notably in the pivotal event of the book. Still, it was a good and quick read.

This was a bookclub selection, and I did attend the discussion. I dropped out of my bookclubs after this book, though. I have a really hard time sticking with bookclubs. I've tried out a few, read a book, and then dropped out. Bookclubs always end up feeling like homework, and I end up spending time on books I'm not terribly interested in reading instead of reading the books I really want.