If You Want to Make God Laugh

If You Want to Make God Laugh

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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
ISBN: 9780735219311
0735219311
Branch Call Number: F MARAIS
Characteristics: 435 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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jprglisa
Oct 18, 2019

I had started to make a list of trigger warnings for this review but just about everything I could think of ended up being in the book somewhere so I won’t list them, but please protect yourself if you are particularly sensitive to them.

If You Want To Make God Laugh is a tough read with a lot of hard subjects but they were all dealt with love and understanding. At it’s heart it is about family and what binds is together. It follows three women from each of their disparate perspectives and brings them together in many ways.

I picked this one up because it was a book club pick but I am very glad I gave it a chance. It was beautifully written and I really liked getting to know the characters a bit and reading about life in that area of the world.

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becker
Oct 09, 2019

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. Very good cultural story.

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christinecurtiss
Sep 24, 2019

When I started reading this book, I thought it was so depressing, all about shame, guilt, aids. I wasn't sure I wanted to finish it. But I got drawn more and more into the lives of the 3 women as more and more of their past was revealed. Yes, it's about all of those things, but perhaps even more, it's about love. It's a wonderful story.

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