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Little Bee: Introduction
Little Bee: Plot Summary
Little Bee: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Little Bee: Themes
Little Bee: Quotes
Little Bee: Characters
Little Bee: Symbols
Little Bee: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Chris Cleave
Historical Context of Little Bee
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- Full Title: Little Bee (originally The Other Hand)
- When Written: 2007
- Where Written: London, United Kingdom
- When Published: August 7 2008
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Novel
- Setting: Nigeria; England
- Climax: Little Bee gives herself up to the Nigerian soldiers to save Charlie’s life.
- Antagonist: Lawrence; British immigration authorities
- Point of View: First Person, alternating narratives between Little Bee and Sarah
Extra Credit for Little Bee
Tragic Inspiration. Cleave’s initial inspiration for writing Little Bee came from the heroic sacrifice of Manuel Bravo, an Angolan refugee who hanged himself on the morning that he and his 13-year-old son were meant to be deported back to Angola. Bravo had read that the British government had regulations against deporting unaccompanied minors, and reasoned that his death would allow his son to remain in the UK and enroll in school.