Having done a rotten job thus far of tearing through my summer reading list, I have only just turned the last page of Chris Cleve’s new novel, Little Bee and it’s something you really should get your mitts on.  Aside from being written by my new favorite Brit, Chris if you’re reading this I think you’re so talented, this fictional account of a Nigerian girl seeking asylum in the U.K. (I’d love to seek asylum there too) has such nuggets of goodness.  Hard to boil this enormous stew of good writing down into one morsel of genius, but here is my favorite from the book:
Little Bee is explaining why she doesn’t watch horror movies…
“Horror in your country is something you take a dose of to remind yourself that you are not suffering from it.”
And I was struck by the truth of that statement.  That my life is so easy, really, that I have to read about horrible things and watch documentaries on horrible situations happening to other people to remind myself that I’m not suffering from it.  That not having enough cash to buy a new couch or dreading taking all four of my kids to the grocery store or exchanging words with Dan over some trivial something or other last week are not horrors, but hallmarks of a life of glutton and ease.   I’m sorry for that.  And thankful.  So thankful.
So do yourself a favor and click on the link above which will bring you to Amazon’s page and allow them to whisk a copy to your doorstep.  Then let me know what you think.  I’ll be here.  Remembering how good I have it.


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