Sarah Manyika - Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun
Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and teaches literature at San Francisco State University. Her writing includes essays, academic papers, reviews and short stories. Her first novel, In Dependence, was published by Legend Press, London, Cassava Republic Press, Abuja, and Weaver Press, Harare. Sarah sits on the boards of Hedgebrook and San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora. She is a Patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature and host to OZY’s video series “Write.” Her second novel “Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun” was shortlisted for the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize. She lives in San Francisco, CA.
LIKE A MULE BRINGING ICE CREAM TO THE SUN by Sarah Ladipo Manyika was published to great critical acclaim and shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize when it came out from leading African publishing house, Cassava Republic Press in Spring 2016 and is now available in Spring 2017 in the US. One of the lead titles for Cassava Republic Press’ US launch, Peter Orner describes it as “a beautiful, important new novel.” American audiences will find much to relate to in the character of Morayo Da Silva, a cosmopolitan Nigerian woman, now living in the States, whose resilience and humor while greeting the ordinary struggles of life will challenge the reader's assumptions about the Other.
Morayo remains a vibrant and curious character in great health until she has a fall, which lands her in hospital and then in a nursing home in her adopted city of twenty years, San Francisco. When Morayo’s closest friend suggests that she might need to find a guardian to guide her through this next phase of her life, which includes the complexity and messiness of financial and medical decisions, Morayo’s world begins to crumble.
This compelling story employs a Mrs. Dalloway-esque technique of moving the point of view through the minds of a rich variety of characters – from Dawud, the charmingly irascible, Palestinian shopkeeper, who struggles to keep his grocery business afloat, to Sage, a feisty, homeless Grateful Dead devotee, and Antonio, the poet whom Morayo desired more than her ambassador husband. In this wise and tender novel, Sarah Ladipo Manyika encapsulates the joys of age and experience – bringing to life a character who is a force of nature, full of energy and bravery, but most importantly, heart.