If you like books about teenage Nigerian girls fleeing their homeland because men are raping and killing the women to clear the land for oil rigs, then this book is for you! I can't decide if I like the part where the one woman cuts off her finger with a machete or when the other woman hangs herself. Wait a minute, I like the part when the man hangs himself. Gosh, it's so hard to pick just one favorite part.
In all seriousness, this book has two redeeming qualities, in my opinion. First, it is beautifully written. Chris Cleave has a way with words. You forget you're reading about all this horrible stuff...until the key words smack you in the face and you're back to the reality of the subject matter.
Second, one of the characters is a little boy who wears a batman costume every day of his life. That is something this SHE can relate to. Not the batman costume per se, but the wearing the same thing every day. Seems practical and environmentally friendly (as long as you're not in my immediate surrounding environment).
The Decade of SHE Smells