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If You Want To Make God Laugh

By Bianca Marais


423 pages

What’s it about?
This novel is set in South Africa as Apartheid ends and the AIDS crisis begins.  Zodwa is just 17-years-old and living in a squatters camp outside of Johannesburg when she gives birth to a son.  Not far away, two white middle aged sisters have both separately returned to the family farm to recover from personal setbacks.  Who knows what to expect when a baby is discovered on their doorstep.What did it make me think about?
This book touches on so many different topics- poverty, racism, AIDS, fear, and family just being a few.

Should I read it?
Bianca Marais can write a story!  I really enjoyed ​Hum if You Don’t Know the Words and I have been looking forward to reading this book as well.  I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy going back and forth from three different perspectives but I quickly forgot all about it.  Learning something about South Africa through these novels has been so interesting.  I would definitely recommend this book.

“Zodwa allows herself to be rocked as her mother cries.  She can’t help but think that sometimes it’s easier to stagger under the weight of our heaviest burdens with our heads bowed down, just so we don’t have to witness the pain that our suffering causes those who love us most.”

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