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An inside look at apartheid-era South Africa

By Allison Kooser

This month, the Opportunity Book Club is learning about a country’s complicated history through the eyes of two compelling narrators: Beauty, a Xhosa woman in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, and Robin, a 10-year-old white girl living in Johannesburg. 

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais takes place in apartheid-era South Africa, where tension and racial injustice devastate the lives of the book’s two narrators. Marais, who grew up in South Africa, crafts a powerful story of pain and injustice inspired by some of her own experiences as a child under apartheid.

“Radiant...a stirring ode to a country’s painful maturation.” 

O, The Oprah Magazine

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We hope you find September’s Book Club as informative and enriching as we did—and don’t forget to share your thoughts with us once you finish this month’s novel!

Happy reading!

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