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If You Want to Make God Laugh
If You Want to Make God Laugh | Bianca Marais
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.
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mrozzz
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Wow:
“How strange that a person can look back on her life & see all the tiny decisions/actions— even moments of inertia in which nothing appeared to be happening— all the trailing comets of them hurtling forward like fireworks, not into nothingness/insignificance, but toward a future moment, a split second in which everything came together in an explosion of certainty & unity so that you could only gasp: Oh! So that‘s where it was all leading to.”

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perfectlywinged
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Three women‘s lives intersect in post-apartheid South Africa. The plot moves quickly and keeps propelling me forward!

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KatieB
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This book is due back to the library on Friday a d I debated whether I wanted to start it with such a tight deadline. So glad I did though. What a fantastic book and I'm just flying through it!

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MamaGina
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And MORE library holds! 🤓

Gina ♡ing Little ♡♡♡ 4mo
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Becker
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A family story of two sisters in South Africa as they struggle with their personal lives, while their country struggles with the new political reality of Mandela as President. 👍

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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A slow building book that turns into an excellent and heart-wrenching story! Delilah, Ruth and Zodwa will capture your heart. Bianca Marais is an author I will automatically read.

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Floresj
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Novel depicts three intertwining characters in post apartheid Africa. I loved that the character development drove this novel rather and the political events of South Africa as a backdrop. I really liked each character which is remarkable as they were so very different. Well written and engaging,

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Feeling more comfortable with this one. 😊

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mrozzz
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Lucky me I got to do a bit of traveling this weekend to meet and hang out with Bianca Marais! It was an extraordinary pleasure as she is one of kindest people you‘ll ever come across. ☺️ I hope you put these both on your TBR if you haven‘t already read them. Or do! I‘ve read Hum twice and adored it even more the second time. 💚

Ncostell How wonderful, I bet you had a great time! 5mo
mrozzz I really did! @Ncostell ☺️ 5mo
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LeafingThroughLife
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I‘ve been in a bit of a life funk all week that spawned a bit of a reading funk. Glad I was able to start this one and get into it today. Not being in the middle of a good, distracting book makes those life funks that much worse. I‘m enjoying this so far, very curious how the three threads of the story are going to meet up...

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Liberty
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🎉IT‘S NEW BOOK DAY!🎉 I only have physical copies of a few of today‘s new releases to show you, but they are AMAZING. And there are several more out today that I am excited about, including The Nickel Boys, Stubborn Archivist, Storm Blown, Turbulence, The Wedding Party, Beirut Hellfire Society, The Oddmire, Tell Me Everything, The Border Keeper, and This is How You Lose the Time War. What are you excited to read? 📚❤️📚

jmtrivera I'm so excited for If You Want to Make God Laugh. I really liked her previous book. 5mo
mommyincolor I am about to read If You Want to Make God Laugh as well. Happy reading! 5mo
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5 stars - Compelling, touching and powerful, this story features the tenacity and resiliency of women during South Africa's turbulent transition to democracy and the rise of the AIDS epidemic. I simply loved this book! If you haven't read her debut, Hum If You Don't Know The Words, I highly recommend it too.

My full review: http://bit.ly/2RTxyQU

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EKonrad
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Absolutely loved this beautifully heartbreaking read set in South Africa. A definite recommend! #NetGalley

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Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2019/06/29/if-you-want-to-make-god-laugh-book-review/

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Marais has done it again!! I have been waiting anxiously to see what she would follow her impressive debut novel up with, and thanks to #NetGalley, I have gotten an early view of this AMAZING second novel! The book opens in South Africa, just before Mandela is elected as president. The book covers three women‘s lives, two estranged sisters, Ruth and Delilah, and Zodwa. Their lives become intertwined in this emotional and engaging story! #BestBooks

mrozzz Can't wait for this one!! 6mo
TorieStorieS @mrozzz I‘m sure you will love it as much as I did!!! 6mo
k.reads.5 Awesome! Her debut has been on my TBR for a while. 6mo
TorieStorieS @pl.2886 that was one of my very favorite books of 2017!!! And this one is great, too!! 6mo
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Tashreads
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These are some of my most anticipated upcoming releases. What are yours?

Lovesbooks87 The Grace Year!!! 6mo
Robothugs Imaginary Friend!! 6mo
BookwormM The Confession is so pretty I love that cover 6mo
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tcheer4life

Bianca Marais is marvelous in person and in writing. This book revolves around 3 people whose lives intertwine, two sisters who seemingly don't agree on much of anything and a young black girl who live in apartheid South Africa. Th character development is precise. The story is riveting. Don't miss it.

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Yeah_I_Read
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Thanks #Edelweiss and #penguinrandomhouse for allowing me access to this review copy.

I could barely contain myself when I got approved for this ARC! I loved @BiancaMarais debut Hum if you Don‘t Know the Words. I know a lot of you all loved it too.
This is so good already and I‘m only about a quarter through.
It‘s set in South Africa in the early 90s. I love reading how world changing events were experienced by regular people. But the story...

Yeah_I_Read Cont... is really about the 3 main characters. They are all women at different points in their lives and all are going through difficulties. As in Hum, the author manages to tackle heavy subject matter without making it feel heavy. Pick this up now if you can, if you can‘t it will be out mid July. ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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