Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hum If You Don't Know The Words by Bianca Marais

Hum If You Don’t Know the WordsWhen you think of South Africa, how many of you think of a land where black people are repressed by whites and subject to slave-like conditions?

Set in Apartheid South Africa, this book does a beautiful job reminding the reader that these atrocities happened in the near past as it follows two main characters Beauty, a black woman searching for her daughter and Robin, a privileged white girl of 11.  The stark contrast between their experiences sheds an amazing light on the racial divide in a land where most people think is simply inhabited by blacks.

Bianca does a wonderful job weaving the stories together and sprinkling in other social issues on her way.  I highly recommend this book, it stole my sleep on so many levels.

I am grateful to the author, publisher and NetGalley.com for the chance to preview this book in exchange for an honest review.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28264701-hum-if-you-don-t-know-the-words?from_search=true

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