If You Want to Make God Laugh

If You Want to Make God Laugh

From the author of the beloved 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. In a squatter camp on the outskirts of Johannesburg, seventeen-year-old Zodwa lives in desperate poverty From the author of the beloved Hum If You Don't Know the Words comes a rich, unforgettable story of three unique wome...

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Title:If You Want to Make God Laugh
Author:Bianca Marais
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:If You Want to Make God Laugh
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

If You Want to Make God Laugh Reviews

  • Chris Wolak
    Jul 10, 2019
    I loved the characters in Bianca's first novel, Hum If You Don't Know the Words, so much that I wanted her to write a sequel. I'm so glad she didn't because then I wouldn't have met Zodwa, Ruth, and Delilah. Such fantastic characters and an amazing story. Painful to read at times but f...
  • Linda
    May 03, 2019
    As much of a WOW! as Hum If You Don?t Know the Words. If I wasn't sold on Bianca Marais after meeting her at Booktopia last year... If I wasn't sold on Bianca Marais after reading Hum If You Don?t Know the Words... This book will do it. Well developed characters, situations, ...
  • Alesa
    Mar 01, 2019
    This novel set in South Africa, as apartheid is officially over and Nelson Mandela is being elected president, is fascinating. It looks at numerous important issues, such as interracial relationships, motherhood, sisterhood, the power of the church, lesbianism, rape, AIDS, neo-Nazi gan...
  • Gregory Baird
    Jul 15, 2019
    Ugh. Let?s do this. So I just finished a book and I absolutely hated it. I was tempted to give it two stars because technically, it?s fine. Like, the writing is fine. The characters are fine. And I can see how many people would read this book and enjoy it, but I found it annoyin...
  • Karen
    Jul 25, 2019
    I have been waiting to read this book since I preordered it back in April 2019. Writing my review here is bittersweet. This means I have to wait awhile for Bianca Marais to write another fantastic book! (No pressure here Bianca) I loved Hum If You Don't Know the Words so much and I abs...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Jul 17, 2019
    5 stars, 5 stars, 5 stars! Why I?m I screaming this, because I almost quit the book at 20% not liking it at all! As the story started talking about Mandela i tuned in and suddenly I thought it was a fantastic story! I even recall getting chills one time, and patting my heart with suc...
  • Deb
    Jul 20, 2019
    Fate (or was it destiny) brought Bianca Marais to the Booktopia weekend 2 years ago as a last minute addition to the lineup. I wasn't familiar with her or her book Hum If You Don?t Know the Words. She was amazing and I fell in love with this book. I wanted more! I was so excited that...
  • Kate
    Jul 24, 2019
    I loved Bianca Marais' debut novel Hum if You Don't Know the Words, but I may love this, her second, even more. The story of two older white sisters and a young black woman who form an unbreakable bond in 1990s South Africa kept me up half the night. The story takes place immediately b...
  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    Feb 01, 2019
    ?If You Want To Make God Laugh? follows the lives of three strong female characters as they live their truth against the complicated background of post-Apartheid South Africa. I was completely invested in each character. The writing was so vivid that I felt as though I was in the s...
  • Jenna
    Aug 28, 2019
    WARNING!! This book has a massive overload of saccharine! The comedienne Margaret Cho once quipped, "I have no maternal instinct. I am barren. I ovulate sand". I can relate. That is me. Sand in the ovaries. Give me a non-human baby and it awakens the mother in me. Show me a hum...
  • Robin
    Jul 03, 2019
    So Bianca Marais, I put the blame squarely on you! Your book has kept me reading way too late at night, caused me to be late for or miss entirely appointments because I had to read 'just one more chapter'. Friends and family are waiting for me to return calls, texts, and emails, becaus...
  • Angela M
    Jun 14, 2019
    Like her debut novel, Hum If You Don?t Know the Words, this second one by Bianca Marais also has a lot to offer. With the backdrop of post apartheid South Africa as Nelson Mandela is elected president, the political environment of the 1990?s is reflected. It depicts the socioeconom...
  • Kirsten
    Feb 15, 2019
    Can I please give this book 6 stars? Forget the sophomore slum, If You Want to Make God Laugh is a truly spectacular follow-up to Bianca Marais?s first novel, Hum If You Don?t Know the Words. Marais? emotional depiction of South Africa during the late ?90s results in a stun...
  • Mark
    Jul 21, 2019
    ?As women, we're told our worth and our value, and the many ways in which we fall short of others' expectations; we're told why we're whores and why society can't tolerate whores. We're reminded of the ways we dishonor the unwritten contract we didn't know we signed on the day of our...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Jul 04, 2019
    I love it when an author comes along and unexpectedly blows my socks off. In 2017, Bianca Marais left me utterly sockless after I read her debut novel, Hum If You Don't Know The Words. It was a beautifully written story that tackled big topics with compelling characters, heart and comp...
  • Antoinette
    Jul 31, 2019
    This book begins just when Nelson Mandela is voted in, so post apartheid. But saying that apartheid is over doesn?t make it true! Racism for most Afrikaners is still as strong as ever. Much as this novel touches on what is happening in South Africa at that time (1993-94), it is not t...
  • Nina Carboni
    Jan 14, 2019
    Excellent! I had high hopes for this bc I loved this author?s debut, Hum if You Don?t Know the Words and I wasn?t let down. This author somehow tackles the hardest of subject matter without making it too much to bear. The misery that these characters face runs the gamut of the wo...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Aug 04, 2019
    The author may be living in Canada now, but she has very deep roots in South Africa and it shines through her writing. She has so much love and understanding for this beautiful country I call home. The dawn of the New South Africa in 1994 was euphoric but also a huge disillusionment...
  • Bianca
    Oct 22, 2018
    For fans of ?Hum If You Don?t Know the Words? who were hoping for the story to continue... this isn?t a sequel but look out for Beauty and Robin who make cameo appearances in ?If You Want to Make God Laugh?. I absolutely loved writing this book and I really hope you?ll...
  • Megan C.
    Jul 16, 2019
    ?What matters in that brief shiny moment is that they are there at all and that their hearts beat in proximity to each other. Each day is a blessing; each breath of air, a gift.? - Bianca Marais, If You Want To Make God Laugh #partner @putnambooks ? There isn?t much that can ...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Jan 29, 2019
    Loved it so much! Photos for this review and other reviews and recommendations on https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com. I loved the author?s debut, Hum if you Don?t Know the Words, and feel the same about this wonderful upcoming novel out this summer. The beauty and strength of...
  • Faith
    Jun 17, 2019
    This book takes place around 20 years after the events in ?Hum if You Don?t Know the Words? and it shares some of the same characters. However, it is a standalone story about 3 women, each of whom has had a difficult experience with motherhood. Coincidentally, this is the second ...
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    Jul 25, 2019
    If You Want to Make God Laugh takes us on an emotional journey of love, loss, racial divide, civil unrest, injustice, family and motherhood. All I can say is, WOW! These women captured me completely. This is a story full of both sorrow and heart. The vulnerability of these women wi...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jul 21, 2019
    I knew within the first couple of pages of If You Want to Make God Laugh I was reading something special. The writing instantly drew me in, as did the characters? stories. If You Want to Make God Laugh is the story of three strong women. When we meet Zodwa, she?s seventeen and p...
  • Michelle
    Aug 16, 2019
    "As women, we're told our worth and our value, and the many ways in which we fall short of others' expectations; we're told why we're whores and why society can't tolerate whores. We're reminded of the ways we dishonor the unwritten contract we didn't know we signed on the day of our ...
  • Candie
    Aug 13, 2019
    This is a heartfelt and emotional character driven book about three women and the secrets and events that connect them. It deals with so many subjects such as grief, poverty, privilege, racism, motherhood, forgiveness and the connections and love between family that never goes away...
  • Katie B
    Jul 04, 2019
    Heartbreaking and beautiful. I've read the author's other book, Hum If You Don't Know the Words and with both books she does an excellent job at weaving historical facts into a story with complex characters dealing with heavy issues. While I enjoyed both books, I think this one is slig...
  • marilyn
    Jul 20, 2019
    What a beautiful, heartbreaking book, of three very different women, brought together because of need and the love of a little black baby. Two of those women are white sisters and the other woman is his mother, who had her baby snatched from her at birth, because her mother loved her s...
  • Charmaine Shepherd
    Oct 25, 2018
    I think I can safely say that this is my best read of 2018 and probably my all time favourite book. I found the characters so easy to connect to and I laughed and cried and then laughed and cried again. The book touched me so much that I went back and read it again. It is such a beauti...
  • Travel.with.a.book
    Apr 14, 2019
    There's no doubt that Bianca is one of my favourite debut Author so reading an ARC of her second book is a really indescribable feeling and for that I want to thank Jordan from Putnam and the Author for providing me with this wonderful book! If You Want To Make God Laugh takes place i...