REVIEW: HUM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORDS By Bianca Marais


Check out this review of the book, Hum if You Don’t Know The Words, by Bianca Marais, as featured on the Its Book Talk blog

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28264701Published July 11, 2017 G.P. Putnam’s Sons

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 nine-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….

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