Ahu Ulusoy Ulusoy itibaren Алгабас, Kazakistan
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This book is soooo good. However, you should only read it if you are in a happy place . It is heart wrenching, yet hope filled and the growth of the characters is almost tangible. I could not put it down...luckily I was having a sick day. It is the story of two sisters and their mom who have never found a way to connect.. to the point that the daughters do not even think their mother loves them. The only connection that they have ever had to their mother has been through a "fairy tale" that she has been telling them since they were small. As a dying wish, their father asks them to promise that they will get their mom to tell them the whole story. They find that it is not a fairy tale, but in fact her life story from her days as a child and young woman in Leningrad, Russia. She lived there during the Stalin take over and the dark days that followed. She still manages to fall in love and to make a life, but she is not spared the ravages of war... Through the sharing of her story she teaches her daughters, they see her as the person she really is, and they begin to connect. This is a book, like Sarah's Key that will haunt me. I love the history in it and it makes me ever thankful for the time and place in which I live and raise my family.
Little Bee is one woman's story of trying to survive. She has grown up in an African village and is happy. When her land is more valuable than people's lives, her story changes. The narrator alternates between Little Bee and Sarah, and American woman who encounters Little Bee when she is on vacation in Nigeria. If you want to think about people and how lives intersect and have ripple effects, this is a powerful book. It shows sides of humanity that most of us try to avoid. I loved the characters and cheered with them and felt devastated with them--but I was always surprised.