The Other Hand

The Other Hand

Book - 2008
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We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it.

Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this:

It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific.

The story starts there, but the book doesn't.

And it's what happens afterwards that is most important.

Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.

Publisher: Sceptre,� 2008
ISBN: 9780340963418
Branch Call Number: AF CLEA
Alternative Title: Little bee


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Jul 26, 2019

I wanted to like this more than I did. Little Bee is a Nigerian refugee seeking asylum in Britain and her story was fascinating and the issues raised of great interest to me. The beginning was so strong but the book just kept going downhill for me. I really despised the Lawrence character and didn't see what purpose he served in the plot. Bee's voice was so strong that alternating the chapters with superficial Sarah didn't help any. In the long run, I didn't believe any of the characters except for Bee. What a moving story - too bad it wasn't told in a more effective way. I should be giving this lower than 3 stars, but the first 50 pages were so good it balanced out to 3 for me.

Jun 06, 2019

June WPL Book Club Selection: I couldn't put this book down. Loved it

May 21, 2018

Overall, I found this book both entertaining and affecting. However, there were moments that stretched my credulity to the breaking point. The main character is sympathetic, but at times simply not believable. Others may disagree, but I found the most disturbing moments the most effective.

Nov 10, 2017

Looking forward to discussing this on Monday, December 4th, 2017. Come and join the discussion!

Aug 17, 2017

Little Bee, for me, was a great little novel, spoiled by the ending. The twists and turns that the author uses throughout the book make complete sense and keep the plot interesting but the main character adopts a completely unbelievable attitude at the end.

Aug 14, 2017

Little Bee (Udo) carries this book. After the first few switches between her and Sarah, I only skimmed the chapters narrated by Sarah. Little Bee is very clever and has a great sense of humor. I don't agree with those who feel this book tries to mirror The Kite Runner.

I strongly recommend this book be read simply to widen your ability to empathize with others. Little Bee provides a very intelligent and thought-provoking character experiencing something many of could not even dream (or nightmare) of.

Feb 27, 2017

This book tries to pack the emotional punch of Kite Runner and it is obvious. The horrific rape scene is way more graphic than it needed to be, contrived. Ruined the book for me.

LoganLib_Adults Aug 30, 2016

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JCLLeslieN Feb 10, 2015

This book wants to be Kite Runner, but this one's violent scene is unnecessarily evil and detracts from the rest of the book. You have to know how much is enough to get your point across.

Jan 12, 2015

Ohhhh ... what a sad little story. Enjoyable, nonetheless, and yes, I would recommend it.

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EricaReynoldsNYC May 06, 2014

MOST DAYS I WISH I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming. Maybe I would visit with you for the weekend and then suddenly, because I am fickle like that, I would visit with the man from the corner shop instead—but you would not be sad because you would be eating a cinnamon bun, or drinking a cold Coca-Cola from the can, and you would never think of me again. We would be happy, like lovers who met on holiday and forgot each other’s names.

Apr 16, 2011

If the men come suddenly, I will be ready to kill myself. Do you feel sorry for me, for thinking always in this way? If the men come and they find you not ready, then it will be me who is feeling sorry for you.

Apr 16, 2011

I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.

Apr 16, 2011

How I would love to be a British pound. A pound is free to travel to safety, and we are free to watch it go. This is the human triumph. This is called, globalization. A girl like me gets stopped at immigration, but a pound can leap the turnstiles, and dodge the tackles of those big men with their uniform caps, and jump straight into a waiting airport taxi. Where to, sir? Western Civilization, my good man, and make it snappy.


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Sep 06, 2017

A tenuous friendship blooms between two disparate strangers--one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.

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