Saturday, June 20, 2009

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

It's our first day of summer vacation and I started my celebration reading Little Bee in its entirety. I have a stack of books, treats I have been saving, waiting for the end of school so I could read exactly what I wanted to, and Little Bee didn't disappoint. To be honest, I'm not sure how to follow it up - maybe Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture will fill the bill.


Nancy Pearl recommended this book via her Book Lust podcast, and I ordered it immediately. There are several things that will stay with me:
Little Bee's voice and humour and resignation
Sarah's memory of Andrew representing the breadth of the ocean to her for that moment in time
This quote: "To survive, you have to look good or talk good. But to end your story well - here is the truth - you have to talk yourself out of it."