Seattle Reads: Little Bee
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Seattle Reads: Little Bee


Seattle Reads has begun and the Columbia Branch library book club kicks off the season on Monday, March 21 at 6:45 p.m. by reading and discussing the book, Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

Little Bee tells a story of two intertwined lives and the hidden world of refugees. Little Bee, a young Nigerian, is released from a British immigration detention center where she has been held under horrific conditions for two years. She seeks out the only English person she knows: Sarah, a posh young mother and magazine editor. Eventually, what happened on a beach in Nigeria, when the two first met, is revealed. Their brief encounter, a traumatic event, has haunted each woman ever since.

Narrated alternately by Little Bee and Sarah, the novel also features Sarah's young son, Charlie, who refuses to take off his Batman costume and whose "goodies/baddies" worldview leavens an otherwise dark story. "Little Bee" explores identity, morality, and compassion; refugees and asylum; friendship, marriage, and parenting.

There are Seattle Reads events all over town for the next several months, including opportunities to meet the author, dramatic readings performed by Book-It Theatre and airings of documentary films. There are also many, many other book clubs reading and discussing "Little Bee" through June 14, so if you aren't able to attend the March 21 meeting, look for one of the others.

For further information and a Seattle Reads program brochure, please visit Seattle Reads.

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