Gold tells a story of the divide between extreme sickness and extreme health in two Olympic athletes who have a daughter battling leukemia. If you’ve read Little Bee, you know how emotionally wrenching Cleave’s stories can be, and how a little plot summary like I’ve just provided really doesn’t come close to illuminating what his novels are actually about. I haven’t read Incendiary yet-I actually was a little scared off because the subject matter seems a bit depressing, and Little Bee wasn’t exactly an upper! But then I watched this video interview of Cleave, and it changed my perception of his work a bit. He explains that his books are really about basic human goodness-that was not what I was expecting to hear him say! But then when I started to mull it over a little and think about Little Bee, I realized it actually is a story about goodness, about kindness and human resilience-amid horrors and atrocities. See, this is why he’s such a great writer-his work has such depth and emotion. I definitely recommend watching the short video interview where he talks about his new novel-he seems so sincere, down to earth, and just genuinely excited about his work.
I also really love the eye-catching cover art that distinguishes Cleave’s work. It makes his books pop off the shelf and you just know right away it’s a Cleave novel.
By the way, did you know that Little Bee was called “The Other Hand” when released in the UK? And the cover art was totally different as well (and much more generic). Also, Little Bee is being turned into a movie starring Nicole Kidman! She seems like the perfect choice to play the character of Sarah, so I’ll be very interested to see how that turns out.