Hum If You Don’t Know the Words

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 when Robin's parents are left dead and Beauty's daughter goes missing.
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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Patricia Fisher
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 05:53:38 PM
Loved HUM IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE WORDS. It is the best book I have read for a long time. I have recommended it to my family and friends and bought it to give to my two sisters. Thanks for such a touching, informative and enjoyable read.

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Bianca Marais
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 07:20:12 PM
Oh wow, Pat! Thank you so much for that absolutely amazing feedback! You've made my week! For a writer, there's no better feeling than knowing your work had resonated with someone; it feels like finding a literary soul mate. Thank you for reaching out and for being so kind - I really appreciate it.

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Patricia Fisher
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:04:10 PM
@Bianca Marais:

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Patricia Fisher
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:06:26 PM
@Patricia Fisher: Thanks for responding. Hope you will write a sequel 😁

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