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Hum If You Don't Know the Words - A Novel

Bianca Marais

Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy. Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred...until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin's parents are left dead and Beauty's daughter goes missing. After Robin is sent to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, and the two forge an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection. Told through Beauty and Robin's alternating perspectives, the interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid-era South Africa. Hum If You Don't Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.

Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy. Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred...until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin's parents are left dead and Beauty's daughter goes missing. After Robin is sent to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, and the two forge an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection. Told through Beauty and Robin's alternating perspectives, the interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid-era South Africa. Hum If You Don't Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy. Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred...until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin's parents are left dead and Beauty's daughter goes missing. After Robin is sent to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, and the two forge an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection. Told through Beauty and Robin's alternating perspectives, the interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid-era South Africa. Hum If You Don't Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Katharine McEwan, Bahni Turpin

Length:

14h 27m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:02


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:24


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:47


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:30


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:05


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:54


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:56


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:29


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:38


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:47


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:07


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:58


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:43


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:20


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:31


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:11


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:20


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:02


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:13


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:23


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:16


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:28


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:58


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:54


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:50


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:12


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:50


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:02


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:29


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:31


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:59


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:18


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:21


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:55


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:40


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:00


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:22


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:15


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:57


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

01:07


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:41


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:12


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:06


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:58


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:40


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:24


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:48


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:16


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:17


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:57


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:34


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:43


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:10


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:13


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:22


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:29


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:53


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:30


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:38


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:11


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:07


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:15


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:14


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:11


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:55


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:43


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:18


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:07


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:56


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:20


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:26


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:32


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

00:36