Monday, August 23, 2010

Little Bee

"I think I shall teach you the names of all the English flowers. This is fuchsia, and this is a rose, and this is honeysuckle. What? What are you smiling about?"

"There are no goats. That is why you have all these beautiful flowers."

"There were goats in your village."

"Yes, and they ate all the flowers."

"I'm sorry."

"Do not be sorry. We ate all the goats."

-From Little Bee by Chris Cleave. This is such a good book. It is a very touching story, often both funny as well as heartbreaking, centered around a 16 year old refuge girl from Nigeria, a British couple, their small son, and the unexpected intersection of their lives. From the book cover: "Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens. The magic is in how the story unfolds."

1 comment:

  1. You have such a knack for expressing the wonder in ordinary things. Reading your stories always gives me a lift and puts sunshine in my heart. Patty.