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Last week, M bought us both the Groupon for Barnes & Noble. Well, sending me to a bookstore with a $20 gift card (made even better by the fact that I only paid $10 for it) is sweeter and a bit stickier than a bee in a hive (horrible, horrible pun but it’s late at night for me, and I’m giddy because I just spent the evening on a date with my always charming hubby).

It’s so hard to choose which book I want to read since at any given moment I have at least a half dozen options swirling around in my head. After much deliberation, I couldn’t resist Little Bee by Chris Cleave. I was immediately enchanted by the typography of the cover, but the description on the back meant I couldn’t put it down.

And it didn’t disappoint. Little Bee is a dark, moody novel, but it’s an eye-opening look into life on the other side of the world (and maybe not even that far away). Cleave is a masterful writer whose words leave an indelible mark on the reader. His description of a sunny day in May left me speechless…

“It was the month of May and there was warm sunshine dripping through the holes between the clouds, like the sky was a broken blue bowl and a child was trying to keep honey in it.”

Little Bee isn’t a “feel-good” book, but rather it shows the strength and character of two women forged by fire, and it left me wondering how I would respond. At any moment, someone is being forced into slavery, someone is being coerced, someone is being taken advantage of and someone is battling injustice. At any moment, we can choose to stand up and break the silence. At any moment, we can choose to fight replacing evil with truth and darkness with light. At any moment…

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