Little Bee is an African refugee who somehow made it to England from Nigeria. As many like her, she suffered directly the loss of her family and the abuse of the soldiers. Sarah was a normal English woman, with a normal marriage, and a normal job… until she went to Nigeria and her life irreversibly altered. Sarah and Little Bee had a life changing experience that started in the same source like two tributaries of the same river.
Little Bee is a very strong novel from Chris Cleave. The story is much more than another one talking about the troubles refugees face and how countries in the West are, for the most part, indifferent to their pain. Chris Cleave does a great job bringing to life these characters from two, not only geographically, but emotionally different worlds - their lives perpetually intertwined.
I loved the book and, in my humble opinion, I think it is fantastically well-written. As I read the story I thought of how weak and insensitive immigration policies could be; how, in the West, we cannot even start to imagine the pain and ordeal people in other parts of the world suffer still today. Even though this is a work of fiction, it reflects the reality of countries consumed by war, corruption, and scarcity. One day, we may have a more civilized world, and perhaps there will be no more refugees, and all of could keep all our fingers.