If You Want to Make God Laugh
In a squatter camp on the outskirts of Johannesburg, seventeen-year-old Zodwa lives in desperate poverty ...more
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If You Want To Make God Laugh takes place in South Africa during the late '90s and the Author's portraying is so fascinating!
The prose that you'll read in this novel is really intriguing filled with some interesting topics which include rasicm, the corruptio ...more
I loved the author’s debut, Hum if you Don’t Know the Words, and feel the same about this wonderful upcoming novel out this summer. The beauty and strength of the South African women will stick with you…PREORDER your copy today!
If You Want to Make God Laugh is the fast moving and compelling story of three ladies, Zodwa, Ruth and Delilah, set in South Africa. Easy to read chapte ...more
I absolutely loved writing this book and I really hope you’ll enjoy reading it.
Marais’ emotional depiction of South Africa during the late ‘90s results in a stunning novel with depth. She covers racism, homophobia, the AIDS epidemic, and corruption in church, with eye-opening frankness and heart. Her characters take root in your mind from the first page. I found myself laughing, cheer ...more
If I wasn't sold on Bianca Marais after reading Hum If You Don’t Know the Words...
This book will do it.
Well developed characters, situations, resolutions, and explanation of a culture that I will only experience in books.
I am so thankful for Net Galley allowing me the pleasure of reading an ARC for my honest review.
Zodwa Khumalo is seventeen-years-old and has discovered that she is pregnant. She hopes that by visiting the sangoma or witch doctor and drinking the herbal mixture, she's given it will abort the baby. Unfortunately, the muti doesn't work, and the pregnancy that should never have happened will go ahead.
Delilah Ferguson is working in a refugee centre in Zaire when a letter arrives with news that someone she cares for deeply, has been shot and is in a coma. She lea ...more
What I admire about Marais is her ability to meet tough topics head on while still allowing light and compassion to shine through. This beautiful story is about mothers, ...more
Written in the voices of the three main characters, each woman has her own issues and her own stories to tell. The three women are brought together by their mutual devotion and love for a child ...more
Bianca Marais has a beautiful way of building relationships between unlikely characters. I have loved both her books, the characters, the pacing, etc. She is definitely an "auto-buy" author for me.
Highly recommend her novels!
If You Want to Make God Laugh is a heart filling and heart wrenching look at motherhood, discrimination, terrible trials, hope and redemption in post apartheid South Africa 🇿🇦.
Bianca sent me an ARC but you can get it in July. In the meantime read Hum if you haven’t al ...more
Interesting that this book brings to light something that is making the news now.
This book is mainly about 3 different women who end up living together, Zodwa, Ruth and Delilah. Ruth and Delilah are sister who have been estranged for ...more
The story is about three women residing in Johannesburg, South Africa. Their lives are linked together because of an infant baby. This infant belongs to a 17 year old named Zodwa.
Zodwa lives in a squatter camp and is in desperate poverty. Her entire surroundings are in the midst of the HIV epidemic. She has secrets that she is protecting.
There is no way that you can't involve your heart in this story. ...more
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 and their caregivers.
Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband. She enj ...more