Hum if You Don’t Know the Words

Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais was an excellent book about life in the 1970s in South Africa. The book is equally divided between Robin’s perspective and Beauty’s. Robin is a white girl whose parents are killed in Johannesburg. Beauty lives in a rural village but goes to Johannesburg to find her missing daughter. Their two lives intersect when Beauty is hired to take care of Robin. While set in the Apartheid era and very much centered on race relations, it’s ultimately the story of Robin and Beauty’s relationship and family. While heavy overall, there were comedic moments and beautiful writing. This was a real winner. I can’t wait to read her more recent work, If You Want To Make God Laugh.

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