If You Want to Make God Laugh

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G.P. Putnam's Sons
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.6 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author
Bianca Marais is the author of Hum If You Don't Know the Words. She holds a certificate in creative writing from the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies, where she now teaches creative writing. Before turning to writing, she started a corporate training company and volunteered with Cotlands, where she assisted care workers in Soweto with providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans. Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband.
"Lovely....Marais showcases her talent for pulling beauty from the pain of South African history with a strong story and wonderfully imperfect characters."--Publishers Weekly

"This earnest novel burns with the consequences of forbidden romance, betrayal, and the redemptive power of love."--Booklist

"Marais excels at creating compelling characters; readers will be turning the pages, wondering what life has in store for each."--Library Journal

"Bianca Marais renders her home country - and the issues that plagued it during this era -- with the nuance of an insider."--Refinery29

"Once again, Bianca Marais writes beautifully about her home country."--Hello Giggles

"A moving portrait of the choices women can make--and the ones we can't. Beautifully crafted and powerfully drawn, this book had me in tears."--Jill Santopolo, bestselling author of The Light We Lost and More Than Words

"Told with meticulous detail and compassion, If You Want to Make God Laugh is a portrait of a country in transition--and of three women at their own crossroads. Bianca Marais shines light on the injustices and barriers experienced by her characters without shying away from their complicated humanity. Over the course of this nuanced second novel, Zodwa, Ruth and Delilah consider what they owe to others--family, friends, country--and, just as importantly, what they have the right to seek themselves."--Chloe Benjamin, bestselling author of The Immortalists and The Anatomy of Dreams

"A story of three remarkable women at crossroads in their own lives against the backdrop of South Africa at the moment of stunning transformation that will keep you reading late into the night. Marais deftly completes a writer's hat trick, leaving you gutted, smiling through tears and soaring with hope."--Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

"Bianca Marias' gripping second novel twists and turns from one end of Johannesburg to the other....Hard to put down, emotionally riveting, and tackling tough subjects with grace, If You Want to Make God Laugh shows how the resilience of the human spirit can triumph over the most traumatic circumstances." - Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone and The Confusion of Languages

"You will absolutely love this book. You will. Why? Because Bianca Marais's heart is immense and full of love. With unsparing insight into the human condition, she unspools a tale that is at once heartbreaking as it is merciful, validating our frailty while eulogizing our endless capacity for generosity and love. We all need the deep refuge of Bianca Marais's exceptional voice."--Robin Oliveira, author of My Name is Mary Sutter and I Always Loved You