HUM IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE WORDS
Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, HUM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORDS is a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy. Interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart.
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.
Bianca Marais holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, and her work has been published in World Enough and Crime. Before turning to writing, she started a corporate training company and volunteered with Cotlands, which provides aid for HIV/AIDS orphans. Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband.