Refugee. Evil, injustice and inequality remain abstract concepts until they become personal. In Chris Cleave’s new novel, Little Bee, the plight of refugees becomes vivid through the character Little Bee. With some contrivance, Cleave brings the refugee experience home to England, because of the experience of characters Andrew and Sarah on a beach in Nigeria where they were on a brief vacation. As the lives of Sarah and Little Bee intersect, they both become survivors in a world where compassion may be needed on a broad scale, but can be implemented only by one person at a time. Cleave’s fine storytelling will keep most readers enthralled to the last page, and reflective for many days afterwards.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)