Hum If You Don’t Know The Words, by Bianca Marais
This moving debut novel from Bianca Marais tells the intertwined stories of two different families living under Apartheid in South Africa. Beauty Mbali, a black schoolteacher from a rural village, travels to Johannesburg when she hears that her daughter is in grave danger. Robin Conrad, a young white girl, is left in the care of her absent aunt when her parents are killed. Beauty becomes her unofficial caretaker while she searches for her daughter. Through alternating perspectives, Marais explores the complex social and racial relationships during Apartheid and demonstrates how strangers can quickly become family in trying times.
To buy: $17; amazon.com.
Released July 11.