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If you want to make God laugh / Bianca Marais.

Marais, Bianca, 1976- author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780735219311
  • ISBN: 0735219311
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2019.

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Summary, etc.: "From the author of Hum if You Don't Know the Words comes a rich, unforgettable story of three unique women in post-Apartheid South Africa who are brought together in their darkest time, and discover the ways that love can transcend the strictest of boundaries. On the outskirts of Johannesburg, seventeen-year-old Zodwa Bambisa lives in desperate poverty in tiny metal shack in a squatter camp, under the shadowy threat of a civil war and a growing AIDS epidemic. Eight months pregnant with a child she does not want, Zodwa carefully guards secrets that could get her killed if discovered. Meanwhile, at a rural farm outside the city, estranged sisters Ruth and Delilah each face a personal crisis that sends them back to their childhood home to lick their wounds. They live together in an uneasy peace until the day that they find a newborn baby on their doorstep. Abandoned with only a blanket wrapped around him, the child will change everything for the sisters, upending what they believed about race, motherhood, and the power of the past. As the mystery surrounding the infant's discovery grows, Zodwa, Ruth, and Delilah become inextricably linked. What follows is a mesmerizing look at family, identity, and the lengths to which the human heart will go to protect itself and the ones it loves"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1
    They named the baby Mandla. Born on the same day that Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa, the boy was given the name, which means strength or power in Zulu, by the Black staff at the orphanage. The lives of three women intertwine around Mandla in this novel, set in South Africa in the early 1990s. His mother, Zodwa, impregnated by rape, was separated from her son just after he was born. He was left on the doorstep of two sisters, Ruth and Delilah, at their family farm. While Ruth, who never had a child of her own, loves Mandla in an instant, disgraced former nun Delilah has her own hidden past to confront. Amid the chaos of white supremacists, racism, and the AIDS epidemic, each woman is searching for her own path toward mending a broken heart. This earnest novel burns with the consequences of forbidden romance, betrayal, and the redemptive power of love. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Bianca Marais is the author of Hum If You Don't Know the Words. She holds a certificate in creative writing from the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies, where she now teaches creative writing. Before turning to writing, she started a corporate training company and volunteered with Cotlands, where she assisted care workers in Soweto with providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans. Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband.

Subject: Soweto Uprising (South Africa : 1976)
Apartheid > South Africa > Fiction.
South Africa > History > 1961-1994 > Fiction.
South Africa > History > Soweto Uprising, 1976 > Fiction.
FICTION / Family Life.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Coming of Age.
South Africa.
Genre: Christian fiction.
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