First book review of the year and I couldn’t be any happier that it was this book. The title is so intriguing and can I say that it definitely delivered on the expectations.
The story is centered on two sisters during the time of apartheid specifically the year Mandela became the president of South Africa. We get to experience the collisions between white and black women which was interesting to read about.
At the beginning of the book we see a 17-year-old Zodwa seeking out a village healer for a concoction brewed to terminate a pregnancy. In Chapter 2, the action switches to an orphanage in Zaire, where aid worker Delilah receives a mysterious letter that requires her immediate return to South Africa. Meanwhile, Ruth, after a run of plastic surgeries and men, is staging her own faux suicide to hang on to her latest husband. Tge entire story is told in multiple perspectives which provides a lot of insight on the characters. The author did an awesome job with the relationships in this story. We get to see the sisters relationship currently and how it was when they were young. How they are trying to mend the relationship after a very long time of not talking and some of the consequences from that point of view.The story is so emotional as you get to discover more about the characters and you get get to experience all the difficulties they encountered in their lives. I shed so many tears whilst reading this book and I guaranteed you that you’ll experience the same at one point.
Marais did an amazing job addressing sensitive topics such as rape, HIV, racism and homophobia. Thinking that all of these topics were during a time where South Africa was going through a lot with apartheid. She addressed it perfectly with her beautiful writing style that captures you from the word go. The entire story is based on 3 women each fighting to be mother.
I’d highly recommend this book and I cannot wait to read more books from this author.
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Title: If You Want To Make God Laugh Author: Bianca Marais Pages: 435 Publisher: Penguin Random House
Disclaimer: This book was kindly gifted to me by Penguin Random House SA in exchange for an honest review.