Friday, May 27, 2011

And now, on a nice note.

I hope you have a wonderful three-day weekend (whether you get three days off your tasks or not), and instead of leaving this page with a rant for the long weekend, I leave it with a shout out for the book Little Bee by Chris Cleave. This description is all you need, and the recommendation of someone you trust. No doubt, this will get made into a really bad movie, but if you have time this weekend, pick it up! I read it in two days and you can, too. It has a number of things going for it:
  • A protagonist who isn't always perfect;
  • An antagonist who isn't always bad/mean;
  • Plot points that you probably won't predict and will surprise you;
  • A male author writing in the voice of two women, and doing so quite well;
  • A small child who is not inherently likable, but is a real seeming 4 year old boy.
Plus, it's a great title. Little Bee! It's British, it's about a refugee and a fancy magazine lady, and if the devastation, political upheaval, 1967 borders, flooding, pain and suffering in the news feel really giant right now, try out Little Bee to remind yourself that behind every single day are 6 billion 700 million or so people who have their own little story that's worth hearing.

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