Published: 2009 by Sceptre
Read: March 2013
Trivia Tidbit: The Other Hand is published in USA & Canada as Little Bee
So, on to the non-spoiler spoiler. The book is about the lives of two very different women, told from both points of view, during a period of time where their lives intersect. One woman is a refugee, the other a citizen. The Other Hand is about what brings them together, what they have in common and how they are different. It is a beautiful story with an important message about the lives of others, and about perspectives.
This is my favourite quote. It is the refugee narrator speaking to the reader: "Actually, what you have left us with is your abandoned objects. When you think of my continent, perhaps you think of the wildlife - of the lions and the the hyenas and the monkeys. When I think of it, I think of all the broken machines, of everything worn out and wrecked and shattered and cracked. Yes, we have lions. They are sleeping on the roofs of rusted containers. We also have hyenas. They are cracking the skulls of men who were too slow to run from their own troops. And the monkeys? The monkeys are out on the edge of the village, playing on top of a mountain of old computers that you sent to help in our school - the school that does not have electricity".
This is a great book and a worthwhile read. Its cover blurb lets it down, but that shouldn't deter you.