“Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun” – Released April 1st
Praise for Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s book Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun – released April 1st, 2016
From The New Yorker’s Briefly Noted: “A thread of self-deprecating humor transforms what could have been a morbid meditation on aging into a tale of common humanity. ”
The New Yorker
The Goldsmiths Prize sets out to “reward fiction that breaks the mould” and, as a result, it occasionally unearths buried gems. Ladipo Manyika’s novel, shortlisted for this year’s prize, fits the description. Read the complete review >
An elegant and truthful read, Manyika’s second offering is an open-hearted and mature-minded character study. Read the complete review >
It is a thoughtful, gentle, dignified and deeply insightful work with pretty, no, elegant prose thrown in for good measure. The beauty and depth of the prose alone are enough motivation to read this book. This is not your traditional fare from the dusty shelves of orthodox African literature, this is good stuff, recommended reading, not only for individual readers, but for classrooms where these kinds of things are taught. This is how to write. Read the complete review >
Ikhide R. Ikheloa
Like a Mule is a breath of fresh air, and a successful creation with respectable words of a human being living in the world. Read the complete review >
Dr. Morayo Da Silva is one of the most memorable characters you are likely to encounter on the page – intelligent, indomitable, author and survivor of a large life. In dreamlike prose, Manyika dips in and out of her present, her past, in a story that argues always for generosity, for connection, for a vigorous and joyful endurance.
Karen Joy Fowler
In this gorgeous and finely crafted book Sarah Manyika takes a sideways look at the lives of other people, lives that usually pass us and each other by, that when they touch may do so with no more than a glancing blow, but may also connect, as they do in Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, tenderly, simply and sweetly. Sarah Manyika’s novel shows ordinary people at their best. Uplifting!
One of the ‘Brilliant Books That You Really Need To Read This Spring’
Daniel Deleton / Buzzfeed
If aging be a lamp, then Morayo, the protagonist in Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, is a mesmerizing glow. Astute, sensual, funny, and moving.
Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun follows the adventures of the fabulous Dr. Morayo, a woman dancing on the edge of old age. This remarkable novella contains multitudes. It is a story of aging; the wry, stately voice of Dr. Morayo gives us a Grand Old Heroine for our times: mischievous, wise, fallible, feisty, and above all, strong. It is a love affair with San Francisco; a contrapuntal variety of voices and perspectives bring the city to eager, brimming life. And it is deeply political: speaking of a Nigerian woman’s awesome sense of power and her simultaneous anguish at the depredations of her boko-haramed hometown. Wise, tender and beautifully voiced, Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is a storytelling triumph.
Manyika’s story about an elderly Nigerian woman is quiet, sophisticated and it expands the canon of contemporary African literature into welcome new territory.
This unforgettable novel narrated through an amazing polyphony of voices is a powerful meditation on loss, memory, exile and loneliness. The characters in this novel will stay with you.
[S.L. Manyika] writes with great verve and gentle wit, illuminating her characters with subtle insight.
A wonderfully constructed novel, always surprising and wrong-footing the reader at every turn and challenging one’s assumptions about the Other. Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is a delightful multi-helical reading experience that speaks to our times in insightful and pleasantly understated ways.
Sarah Manyika’s Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is the rare sort of book that, from the instant you pick it up, you know that you will privy to the most intimate secrets. It is as if Dr. Morayo Da Silva is speaking directly into your ear. A real life-force of a character whose honesty, warmth, energy, and bravery in the face of inevitable loss springs forth on the page. Chekhov once said that the ‘Russian loves to recall living, but he does not love living.” Da Silva manages, in her unique way, to love both, the remembering and life in the present tense. A beautiful, important new novel, and one that will continue to echo in a reader’s mind for a long time after.
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“In Dependence” was published in the UK in 2008, in Nigeria in 2009 and in the US in 2011. It is Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s first novel. Read a full description >>