Small Spoiler: Just after this passage we meet a hero who helps this hurting child whose parents have died start to heal and that hero is the head librarian ... oh my heart 💔
This book is breaking my heart! 💔
A great story with heart-warming characters. This would make a good book club selection because it deals with many discussion-worthy topics and the author has an interest in doing phone interviews with book groups. (Listen to Book Cougars podcast episode 65 to hear their interview with Marais. At the end of the episode, the author states she‘s available to interact with reading groups.) Excellent audio narration.
This debut novel is a page-turner that I highly recommend. If you like coming of age novels, historical fiction, stories about race, relationships, orphans, or foreign lands, you‘ll want to pick up Hum. If you‘re more of a non-fiction reader, this novel will provide loads of emotional context for what life was like under Apartheid.
I had incredible admiration for Beauty, not only for her intelligence, but for her compassion. Her stoicism and strength when met with such adversity was nothing short of amazing and I wish that the entire story was told from her perspective. She is well-written without being trivialized, Marais shines through her characterization.
I got this book at the Yankee Book Swap at our #CTLitsyMeetup. Thank you @mrozzz for bringing this as your selection! It was a beautiful book, giving us a glimpse into the lives of a white South African girl and her black caretaker during the time period of the Soweto uprising. Viewing their struggles brought the enormous complexities of life in apartheid-era South Africa to an intimate, personal level. I really loved it!
Last night we had book club for this wonderfully delicious book: Hum If You Don't Know the Words. We all loved it and highly recommend it. We met at a bar called Catcher in the Rye and ordered drinks with names like Tequila Mockingbird, Secret Garden, Tropic of Capricorn, and munched on treats like Holden Cauliflower 😁. When the bill came it was tucked into a copy of Lemony Snicket. I loved it all. It was a fantastic evening!
My “This is only 50 cents at the book sale so I can‘t pass it up” pile is outta hand. Any I must read? Any to skip? #helpaLittenout
This was the book that I got from the Yankee swap at the #CTLitsyMeetup yesterday at RJ Julia‘s in Madison, CT. It looks fantastic and I had not heard of it before so I‘m looking forward to reading it. It was wonderful to meet everyone! Great company and great location 🙂
Interesting story in time, place, and setting. Makes me want to learn more about this period in South Africa. The reader does need to suspend disbelief toward the end, when the 9 year character is not as realistically portrayed as she was earlier on.
A TRUE GEM! Highly recommend!
A beautifully written novel about apartheid — tragedy. racism + injustice. survival.
Set in 1970‘s apartheid-era South Africa.. the story of a white child + black mother whom (after the Soweto student uprising) meet under extreme circumstance + loss, and the challenges they face while seeking answers during those difficult days. Unputdownable so grab Kleenex and be ready to sit a spell!
A 5 Star EYE-OPENER for me!
This was a longtime TBR I‘ve been looking forward to, so maybe my expectations were unrealistic. Not an author who believes in “show, not tell” -messages are about as subtle as a whack on the head. Also some “white (wo)man to the rescue” (literally) issues. But it‘s a touching story, has some lovely scenes, and offers a narrative on Apartheid that is seldom heard here in America. I appreciated it even more having already read Born A Crime.
I was mute. I didn‘t know what to say in a world where people were hated and attacked for not being the right color, not speaking the right language, not worshipping the right god or not loving the right people; a world where hatred was the common language, and bricks, the only words.
I thought of you yesterday @RebelReader when I picked up this signed copy at the Galleria B&N yesterday. 😊 I too am anxious to read it!
We got two authors tonight!! Chloe Benjamin on the left and Bianca Marais on the right. I went because Chloe was going to be there and she was wonderful, but I really enjoyed Bianca and cannot wait to read her book. Bianca also told us she just delivered her next book to the publisher and it sounds good too. Chloe has just started her next book and she says she writes slow so we will be waiting awhile for her next offering. Great night! ❤️❤️
There was some lovely writing in this book about a 10 year old white girl and 50 year old Black woman in 1970s South Africa in the grip of apartheid. It was a little too “white girl learns valuable life lessons off the pain of Black woman” for me to really love the story, but it was an interesting read. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼1/2
And that‘s the third book finished today!!
I can‘t believe I was going to take this book back to the library tomorrow unread. Really glad I decided to try a couple of pages even though I didn‘t think I was in the mood. The writing is entrancing.
Now I need to put it down so I can sleep!!
A great story of 2 unsuspecting characters, black 50 year old Beauty and white 10 year old Robin, living in 1970s South Africa during apartheid whose paths cross. This meeting will change their lives but will it be for the better? You‘ll just have to read it and find out. I highly recommend it.
Yay @Liberty thanks so much for doing this giveaway, it looks like a great stack!!! 😍 #VACATIONBOOTY
HUM was definitely one of my favorite reads this year and probably the one that surprised me the most since it flew under the radar and in my opinion did not receive enough hype!
A sweet story with a lovely plot and great message. This is the type of fiction Id recommend gravitating towards when you need a feel good read that doesn‘t necessarily challenge or provoke you.
My most recent five star read happens to be my most recent read. Finished it way too late last night to post when I was done. This is a five star read for two reasons: it tugged at my heart strings through the whole thing and I couldn't predict what was coming which is very very rare for me.
Just an absolutely wonderful book!! The story is told from 2 perspectives; Robin a 10 yr old white girl and Beauty a 50 yr old black woman. It is set in South Africa during apartheid and it is raw and beautiful with moments of love, grief, violence, brutality, growth, sacrifice. Just stellar
Set in apartheid South Africa the story is told by Beauty (a black woman) and Robin a white girl forced to face her prejudices after tragedy. Beauty's story, that of her daughter, the Soweto uprising and her relationship with robin is powerful. She gives robin much needed honesty and care. At times robin was infuriating, but I think intentionally so. Left wanting more about beauty and her daughter and their future. Good book club pick.