Sarah is a recent widow, the mother of a four year old who won't take off his Batman costume, and the female half of the couple Little Bee met in Nigeria. Sarah is the editor of a glossy women's magazine, sophisticated and well-groomed. Needless to say, Sarah's problems are somewhat different from Little Bee's.
In fact, Little Bee and Sarah are as different as can be. Little Bee is pragmatic, too aware of the out and out evil the world can deliver to the innocent to have any more illusions. Sarah is idealistic, wanting to make the world a better place but so entrenched in her suburban comfort that she doesn't know how to do it. When the two women come together again they complement each other.
Little Bee is a beautiful novel. It is engaging, uplifting, and deeply, deeply sad. Each of the women tells her story in her own voice, in alternating chapters; Chris Cleave conveys these voices flawlessly, almost as though he's transcribing their stories rather than creating them.
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