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Hum If You Don't Know The Words (2017)
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FictionFICTION/MARAIS,BDue 08-08-19
Published: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017
Description:  420 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9780399575068, 0399575065,
Language:  English


"Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy. Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred. Until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin's parents are left dead and Beauty's daughter goes missing. After Robin is sent to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, and the two forge an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection. Told through Beauty and Robin's alternating perspectives, the interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid-era South Africa. Hum if You Don't Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family"--

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An Intimate Look at Life Under Apartheid

Set against the backdrop of Apartheid South Africa, Hum If You Don’t Know The Words by
Bianca Marais is a story of love and friendship between an orphaned
white girl and the grieving black woman who comes to be her caretaker. After young Robin has lost her parents to an act of violence, she comes to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt. Meanwhile, village dweller Beauty Mbali has come to Johannesburg to search for her daughter, who has gone missing in the chaos of the Soweto Uprising. A sympathetic friend finds Beauty a position as Robin’s nanny, and the two must grow to trust one another under very frightening circumstances.

This story is both moving and suspenseful. While the action occurs over forty years ago, the themes of racism and redemption are more relevant now than ever.
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